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Start of national study into congenital heart disease

About one in every hundred babies is born with congenital heart disease, of which many develop cardiovascular problems at a later age. Therefore, a large national study into congenital heart disease is launched. The goal of this project is to enable more people with ‘construction errors’ in the heart to grow old healthy. The project – worth three million euros in total – is financed by the Dutch Heart Foundation and Stichting Hartekind. Jeroen Bakkers, professor of Molecular Cardiogenetics at the UMC Utrecht and group leader at the Hubrecht Institute, is one of the leaders of the project.

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Expanding Human Cardiomyocytes for Cardiac Repair

Heart failure is a major health problem with a significantly unmet medical need. Causes of heart failure include heart attack from coronary artery occlusion (blocked blood flow in an artery) or cardiomyopathy, an intrinsic disease of heart muscle cells, among others. The loss of heart muscle cells (cardiomyocytes; CMs) leads to impaired heart function, resulting in frequent hospitalization and/or death.

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European registry of patients with the coronavirus (Covid-19)

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Stroke Coronona (STROCORONA) project

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Center for Circulatory Health of UMC Utrecht receives unique European accreditation

The Center for Circulatory Health of the UMC Utrecht is the first center in the Netherlands to receive an accreditation for prevention from the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC).

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Predicting individual effect of medication on cardiovascular diseases

The UMC Utrecht's Center for Circulatory Health has developed algorithms with which the risk of cardiovascular disease can be predicted for every adult.U-Prevent predicts both the risk of cardiovascular disease and the effect of medication to reduce this risk

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3D-printed cardiac Patch

The Cardiology and the Orthopedics department of the RMCU (UMC) jointly succeeded in the making of a functional, 3D-printed cardiac patch: the original research article “Melt electrowriting allows tailored microstructural and mechanical design of scaffolds to advance functional human myocardial tissue formation” can now be found in Advanced Functional Materials. But how do different departments come together? We talked with Miguel Castilho and Alain van Mil, first shared authors from the two different research groups, to find out more about their work and how it came together in this project.

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EU grant for clinical trial on best hemodialysis therapy

The European Commission has granted over € 6.4 million from the Horizon 2020 research program to a consortium of researchers, doctors and dialysis providers. The UMC Utrecht will lead this Consortium. The aim of the trial is to address the hypothesis that hemodiafiltration is superior to the standard hemodialysis in its effects on cardiovascular disease, mortality and on patient’s perspectives.

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Quitting smoking after cardiovascular disease extends life by five years

Smokers suffering from cardiovascular disease who quit smoking extend their life by an average of five years. Moreover, the chance of a next cardiovascular event is postponed by 10 years, on average. This is the outcome of a study among almost 5000 patients suffering from cardiovascular disease, one third of whom continued smoking after, for instance, an initial heart attack, cerebral infarction or medical treatment. UMC Utrecht researcher Johanneke van den Berg is to obtain her doctorate with this study on Thursday.

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Rick Grobbee appointed Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion

Dr. Rick Grobbee, professor of Clinical Epidemiology and university professor of Global Health, has been appointed Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion. Mayor Koos Janssen of Zeist presented the corresponding award during festivities organized by the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht Julius Center in celebration of its 20th anniversary.

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