Sarah Dalgas Nissen
PhD student, DVM
Equine medicine has always been one of my greatest interests and was therefore my main focus when I studied Veterinary? Medicine. I became involved in equine cardiology when I wrote my master thesis working with the Equine Cardiac Group. We studied the efficacy and safety of a new treatment of atrial fibrillation using the horse as a large animal model. I immediately became fascinated about the extreme capacities of the equine heart and the importance of understanding the mechanisms of complex diseases such as cardiac arrhythmias.
In September 2018 I was granted a PhD Faculty Scholarship. My work as a PhD student now focuses on training induced remodeling of the heart. The horse is by nature an athletic animal and provides a very unique model, in which the formation of “the athletic heart” can be explored. Currently I focus on the molecular nature and changes induced by long-term training in the conduction system of the heart.