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National study seeks earlier diagnosis of ATTR cardiac amyloidosis in minorities

National study seeks earlier diagnosis of ATTR cardiac amyloidosis in minorities

NEWS RELEASE 3-SEP-2019

Boston Medical Center and Columbia University Irving Medical Center awarded grant for new trial

BOSTON – Researchers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), in collaboration with Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC), are leading a national, multi-site study aimed to achieve earlier diagnosis of transthyretin cardiac amyloidosis (ATTR-CM). The National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year, $7.2M grant to fund the Screening for Cardiac Amyloidosis with Nuclear Imaging in Minority Populations (SCAN-MP) trial.

Led by co-principal investigators Frederick L. Ruberg, MD at BMC/BUSM’s Amyloidosis Center of Excellence and Mathew S. Maurer, MD from CUIMC’s Cardiac Amyloidosis Program, the grant will enable the establishment of an important, community-based cohort of older minority patients with congestive heart failure. A total of 800 participants will be recruited from BMC/BUSM in Boston and the CUIMC, NYP-Allen and Harlem Hospitals in New York City.

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