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New heart failure working group pulls expertise from across globeHouston, TX - 8/14/2006
Methodist DeBakey Heart Center cardiologist Guillermo Torre-Amione and cardiologist Gadi Cotter, from the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, N.C., have pulled together more than 30 international heart failure experts to try to solve this serious cardiac problem.
“Our purpose is to be a ‘working’ group to encourage intellectual and interactive collaboration and to continually improve upon the planning and performance of clinical trials,” Torre said. “Heart failure affects 4.8 million people in the U.S. alone, with 400,000 new cases reported annually. We want to get the best minds together to solve this problem, reduce the burden of this illness, and provide better treatments for patients with heart failure.”
The Heart Failure Working Group (HFWG) from the U.S., Europe, Africa and South America will work to develop new therapies for heart failure; support new research with an established group of investigators; and establish a research consortium to help standardize and facilitate new research.
“By pulling together the top minds in an intimate and long-term working group, we hope to speed discovery of new approaches, new treatments and new cures for heart failure,” Torre said.