Grant recipient

Morten Salling Olesen

Nationwide Study of the Genetics behind Atrial Fibrillation

Morten Salling Olesen says: “Atrial fibrillation is the most common form of irregular heart rhythm. The disease is associated with a rapid heart rate and an increased risk of stroke. Little is known about the biological mechanisms underlying the disease. We have identified atrial fibrillation patients with substantial genetic predisposition. We will study these patients by DNA sequencing to identify the genes involved in disease development. These genes will be investigated in zebrafish models to improve molecular understanding of how variation in these genes gives rise to disease.”

Morten Salling Olesen
Associate Professor, Head of Laboratory, Department of Biomedical Sciences
University of Copenhagen and Laboratory of Molecular Cardiology, The Heart Centre, Rigshospitalet