Navigation Links
Boston University School of Medicine's Framingham Heart Study receives $1M challenge grant

(Boston) Boston University School of Medicine's (BUSM) Framingham Heart Study (FHS) has received a two-year $1M challenge grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

According to FHS investigator Emelia Benjamin, MD, ScM, a professor of medicine at BUSM and professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health, the challenge grant will be used to add two statisticians to help identify risk factors for developing atrial fibrillation beyond the aging of the heart. FHS will also work with investigative groups at the University of Minnesota, with Joint-Principal Investigator, Alvaro Alonso, MD, PhD, as well as researchers in Iceland, Germany and the Netherlands.

The novelty of the FHS challenge study is that the investigative team includes collaborators at five other major cohort studies who will work together to develop the most accurate way to predict atrial fibrillation with simple clinical factors. The researchers will then examine whether new biomarkers or genetic tests add significantly to the ability to predict new-onset atrial fibrillation.

"It is a tremendous privilege to receive this challenge grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute," said Benjamin. "We now have the opportunity to make major headway in the prevention of atrial fibrillation."

The objective of the FHS is to identify the common factors or characteristics that contribute to cardiovascular disease by following its development over a long period of time in a large group of participants who have not yet developed overt symptoms of cardiovascular disease or suffered a heart attack or stroke.

The researchers recruited 5,209 people between the ages of 30-62 from the town of Framingham, Massachusetts. Since 1948, the participants have continued to return to the study every two years for a detailed medical history, physical examination and laboratory tests. In 1971, the study enrolled a second generation, 5,124 of the original participants' adult children and their spouses to participate in similar examinations. In April 2002, the study enrolled a third generation of participants, the grandchildren of the original cohort.

Over the years, careful monitoring of the FHS population has led to identification of major cardiovascular risk factors, as well as valuable information on the effects of these factors such as blood pressure, blood triglyceride and cholesterol levels, gender and psychological issues.


Contact: Michelle Roberts
Boston University Medical Center

Related medicine news :

1. Boston Micromachines Multi-DM Named One of the Years Most Innovative Products
2. Boston University School of Medicine researcher recipient of Memory Ride Grant
3. Success of Shape-Up Somerville Childhood Obesity Intervention to be Presented at the Friedman School Symposium at Tufts, October 29-31, 2007 - Boston
4. AAHFNs 2008 Annual Meeting in Boston Will Be Raising the Bar in Heart Failure Care
5. Families Invited to Celebrate Shire Day at Boston Childrens Museum
6. Boston Scientific Announces New Initiatives to Increase Shareholder Value
7. Boston Scientific Announces Additions to Clinical Sciences Organization
8. Boston University School of Medicine physician receives award from AATOD
9. Boston Scientific Announces Verdict in Cordis Litigation
10. Boston Scientific Announces Sale of Cardiac Surgery and Vascular Surgery Businesses
11. Boston Scientific and GE Healthcare Announce their First Patient Data Link to Electronic Medical Record
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... The rapid speed at which ... age, more care is needed, especially with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive conditions ... overworked. The forgotten part of this equation: 80 percent of medical care occurs ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... Orange County, CA (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... holiday season , The company is offering customers 10% off of their purchase of ... purchase any treatment at full price. According to a company spokesperson. “Finding lice is ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... VVA (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... motto of progress through sharing, the 2016 Building Better Radiology Marketing ... The conference will begin on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Caesars Palace in ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... Health-E-minds, an innovative online platform for mental health and wellness consultation, has collaborated ... This partnership will bridge the knowledge gap experienced by parents and bring advice ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... Avid collector, ... Ann Arbor Michigan boxing style concert posters. This is one of Joplin's most famous ... Canterbury House at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The According to Hawley, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/27/2015)... 26, 2015 ... the "2016 Global Tumor Marker Testing ... and Sales Segment Forecasts, Innovative Technologies, Instrumentation ... to their offering. --> ... "2016 Global Tumor Marker Testing Market: ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... WILMINGTON, North Carolina , 26 november ... Laboratories, Inc. (AAIPharma/CML) kondigt de geplande investering ... de uitbreiding van de laboratoria en het ... . De uitbreiding zal resulteren in ... waarmee wordt voldaan aan de groeiende behoeften ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 --> ... to use SyMRI to find optimal contrast weighting of MRI ... metastases, and has signed a research agreement with SyntheticMR in ... hospital. Using SyMRI, it is possible to generate multiple contrast ... after the patient has left, thus making it possible to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: