DeWayne Townsend, DVM, PhD
Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology
University of Minnesota Medical School
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Dr. DeWayne Townsend’s laboratory utilizes an integrative approach to study the pathophysiological mechanisms of heart failure, with a specific focus on dystrophic cardiomyopathies. Interestingly, several of the proteins associated with these dystrophic cardiomyopathies have also been implicated in heart failure resulting from more common causes (i.e. ischemic heart disease).
His group studies heart disease at varying levels of biological complexity, from intact animals to individual adult cardiomyocytes. They also probe molecular physiology, utilizing biochemical methodologies, transgenesis, and in vivo gene transfer. This highly integrated approach provides unique insights into the pathophysiology of heart disease and ultimately will enable us to develop novel therapeutic approaches.