Controlling the heart with light

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 11:45

Oxford researchers led by Dr Gil Bub have used optogenetic methods to stimulate heart cells in order to elucidate the operation of muscle excitation waves.  A new optical projection system was combined with a microscope and used to stimulate optically activated chemicals that caused the excitation waves. This cardiac research, facilitated by advances in optics, will lead to better understanding of heart disease. The work was published in Nature Photonics and is featured in a University news article here.

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