Cardiac (heart) contractility determines how much blood is ejected from the heart with each beat in order to sustain life. Simon Fraser University kinesiology professor Glen Tibbits is working on ways to improve our understanding of the molecular mechanisms that regulate cardiac contractility and the way in which the heart responds to different environmental stimuli. His research also includes studying the evolution of the molecular mechanisms that regulate cardiac contractility and heart rate, in order to understand how species such as salmon and trout survive in adverse environmental conditions.
Dr. Tibbits has well-established connections with cardiologists and cardiac physiologists regionally and worldwide. With this chair, he is helping to create a world class program at SFU that will expand research in the area of molecular cardiac physiology, where functional genomics and a variety of molecular and cellular techniques will be used to deal with congenital heart disease and to treat heart disease, particularly in newborns.
Dr. Tibbits' research is predicted to improve rational drug design and surgical procedures. As the Canada Research Chair in Molecular Cardiac Physiology, he is making an important contribution to the development of new approaches in the prevention and treatment of congenital heart disease.