Newsmaker: Dr. Bernard Kühn
Noteworthy: Kühn, a scientist at the Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, received a $200,000 grant from the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation for cardiovascular regeneration research.
Residence: Squirrel Hill
Family: Wife, Carolina; daughter, Beatrice, 9; sons, Markus, 7 and Mattias, 5
Background: Kühn, a native of Germany, is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is also the director of research at Children’s Heart Institute, and has been focused on the unique workings of heart muscle cells. His long-term objective is to provide novel approaches for the treatment of heart failure.
Education: Kühn received a Doctor of Medicine (Ph.D. equivalent) and medical degree from Freie University in Berlin, Germany.
Quote: “This funding will allow my team to enter the field of fibrosis research, a new area of investigation for my lab. If successful, this project will provide a broadly applicable molecular-genetic blueprint for the field of cardiovascular development and for developing new drugs to reduce fibrosis in heart disease. This is just a dream come true.”