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Pfizer Contributes Critical Data to URMC Drug Safety Initiative
Date:1/12/2009

specialized studies to monitor the QT prolongation effects of new drugs. The THEW project is part of this initiative.

The THEW database is a component of URMC's Heart Research Follow-up Program. The Program is an international leader in the science of heart arrhythmias and a rare genetic condition associated with an abnormal QT interval, called the congenital Long QT Syndrome (LQTS). URMC keeps an International Registry for LQTS, and follows thousands of families who have this inherited condition. One of the genetic forms of the QT prolongation syndrome is similar to the drug-induced syndrome, and the University's work focuses on developing the tools to identify individuals with either condition.

THEW website: http://www.thew-project.org/

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One of the nation's top academic medical centers, the University of Rochester Medical Center (http://www.urmc.rochester.edu) forms the centerpiece of the University's health research, teaching, patient care, and community outreach missions. The Medical Center receives more than $230 million in external research funding per year and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry ranks in the top one-quarter of U.S. medical centers in federal research funding. The University's health care delivery network is anchored by Strong Memorial Hospital - a 739-bed, University-owned teaching hospital. As upstate New York's premier health care delivery network, patients benefit from the Medical Center's robust teaching and biomedical research programs.


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