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Dr Robert Drummond


Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences


The inhibitory effect of Haloxylon salicornicum on contraction of the mouse uterus
Saleem Nabila Hamed Ahmed, Ferro Valerie, Simpson Ann, Igoli John, Gray Alexander, Drummond Robert
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Vol 2013, (2013)
Spontaneous and electrically evoked Ca2+ transients in cardiomyocytes of the rat pulmonary vein
Logantha Sunil Jit R.J., Cruickshank Stuart F., Rowan Edward G., Drummond R.M.
Cell Calcium Vol 48, pp. 150-160, (2010)
Regulation of store-operated Ca2+ entry in pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells
McElroy S.P., Drummond R.M., Gurney A.M.
Cell Calcium Vol 46, pp. 99-106, (2009)
Pharmacological profile of store-operated Ca2+ entry in intrapulmonary artery smooth muscle cells
McElroy S.P., Gurney A.M., Drummond R.M.
European Journal of Pharmacology Vol 584, pp. 10-20, (2008)
Cytokine upregulation of proteinase-activated-receptors 2 and 4 expression mediated by p38 MAP kinase and inhibitory kappa B kinase ß in human endothelial cells
Ritchie E., Saka M., MacKenzie C., Drummond R.M., Wheeler-Jones C., Kanke T., Plevin R.J.
British Journal of Pharmacology Vol 150, pp. 1044-1054, (2007)
The role of the C-terminal tail in protease-activated receptor-2-mediated Ca2+ signalling, proline-rich tyrosine kinase-2 activation, and mitogen-activated protein kinase activity
Seatter Michael J, Drummond Robert, Kanke Toru, Macfarlane Scott R, Hollenberg Morley D, Plevin Robin
Cellular Signalling Vol 16, pp. 21-29, (2004)

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Research interests

Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia that is encountered clinically and it is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. A significant breakthrough in the understanding of atrial fibrallation occurred in the late 1990s when it was known that ectopic electrical activity that originates within the pulmonary veins is an important trigger for this type of arrhythmia. The pulmonary veins in most species are surrounded by an external sleeve of cardiomyocytes that extends from the left atrium towards the lungs. It is these cells that are considered to be responsible for generating the abnormal electrical activity that triggers atrial fibrillation, although the underlying mechanisms are unknown.

My current focus is on understanding the mechanisms whereby pulmonary vein cardiomyocytes generate spontaeneous electrical activity, and in particular the role that intracellular Ca²+ plays in this process. I am also interested in determining how electrical activity is propagated along the pulmonary vein to the atria, where it can then trigger atrial fibrillation. Since current drug treatments for atrial fibrallation are of limited efficacy, identification of potential novel therapeutic targets for future drug development is extremely important.

Professional activities

Pharmacology Research & Perspectives (Journal)

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The role of intracellular calcium in the arrhythmogenic activity of pulmonary vein cardiomyocytes
Drummond, Robert (Principal Investigator) Rowan, Edward (Co-investigator)
Period 03-Oct-2011 - 30-Sep-2014

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