Cardiovascular & Hormonal Research Laboratory
Lab head: Dr Anastasia Susie Mihailidou
Location: Lvl 13, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital
Lab members: Ms Loan Le Dr Mahidu Mardini Dr Vincent Wong Mr Harris Mihailidis
Funding: National Heart Foundation & North Shore Heart Research Foundation
Research approach equipment: We will use established techniques in our laboratories recently relocated to the Kolling Building. These include Langendorff apparatus for the ischaemia-reperfusion studies, electrophysiology workstations for patch-clamping heart cells and access to equipment to measure molecular changes.
Buckley T, Mihailidou AS, Bartrop R, McKinley S, Ward C, Morel-Kopp M-C, Spinaze M, Hocking B, Tofler G. Increased blood pressure and heart rate during early bereavement: Potential mechanism of increased cardiovascular risk (submitted Heart Lung & Circulation 2010)
Buckley T, Morel-Kopp M-C, Ward C, Bartrop R, McKinley S, Mihailidou AS, Spinaze M, Chen W, Tofler G. Inflammatory and Thrombotic Changes in Early Bereavement: a Prospective Evaluation (submitted European Heart Journal 2010)
Wong V, Mardini M, Cheung W, Mihailidou AS. High dose insulin in experimental myocardial infarction in rabbits: protection against effects of hyperglycaemia.(In Press, Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications, 4 March2010)
Head G, MihailidouAS, Duggan K, Beilin LJ, BerryN, Brown MA, Bune A, Cowley D, Chalmers JP, Howe PRC, Hodgson J, Ludbrook J, Mangoni AA, McGrath BP, Morley CM, Nelson MR, Sharman JE, Stowasser M. Relationship between ambulatory and Clinic Blood Pressure: Defining diagnostic and treatment targets. (British Medical Journal, Online April 2010)
Mihailidou AS, Le TYL, Mardini M, Funder JW (2009). Glucocorticoids activate cardiac mineralocorticoid receptors during experimental myocardial infarction. Hypertension 54:1306-1312.
Funder JW, Mihailidou AS (2009). Aldosterone and mineralocorticoid receptors: Clinical studies and basic biology. Mol Cell Endocrinol 301: 2-6.
Buckley T, Bartrop R, McKinley S, Ward C, Bramwell M, Roche D, Mihailidou AS, Morel-Kopp M-C, Spinaze M, Hocking B, Goldston K, Tennant C, Tofler G. (2009). A Prospective study of early bereavement on psychological and behavioural cardiac risk factors. Internal Med J 39: 370-378.
Mihailidou AS (2006). Nongenomic actions of aldosterone: Physiological or pathophysiological role? Steroids 71: 277-280.
Mihailidou AS, Funder JW (2005). Nongenomic effects of mineralocorticoid receptor activation in the cardiovascular system. Steroids 70: 347-351.
Mihailidou AS (2005). Review: Nongenomic cardiovascular actions of aldosterone: a receptor for all seasons? Endocrinology 146: 971-972.
Mihailidou AS, Mardini M and Funder JW (2004). Rapid, non-genomic effects of aldosterone in the heart medicated by ePKC. Endocrinology 145: 773-780.
Women and Heart Disease: Understanding How Diabetes Removes the Gender Gap
Primary supervisor: Susie Mihailidou
Diabetes is the world’s fastest growing chronic disease. In Australia approximately 280 adults are diagnosed with diabetes every day with an estimated total number of 1.7 million Australians affected by type 2. The major cause of death among patients with diabetes is cardiovascular disease, in particular myocardial infarction. With women’s longer life expectancy, our growing population and ischemic heart disease progressing to heart failure, the scale of this problem is expected to place a significant social and health burden. We have recently found novel and key roles for sex steroids during myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury (I/R). We now have preliminary data which show that hyperglycaemia removes the gender gap and aggravates cardiac damage to comparable levels in male and female animals. Our studies in female diabetic animals will identify the mechanisms involved and define specific signalling pathways activated in females with diabetes and for guiding optimal clinical treatment strategies, leading to reduced cardiovascular complications, reduced morbidity and improve quality of life.
Co-supervisors: Anthony Ashton
Keywords: Diabetes, Cardiovascular diseases, Reperfusion injury
Contact: Email Susie Mihailidou