CERG researchers going abroad for another International Conference!!!

robot-hjerteEarlier this fall CERG researchers went to San Francisco, California-USA, to attend the “High Blood Pressure Research” (HBPR) 2014 scientific sessions, sponsored by the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension and Council on Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease.

For those who never heard about American Heart Association, it is a non-profit organization in the United States that fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke. More precisely, the HBPR 2014 scientific sessions were a four-day scientific program with more than 500 presentations focusing on recent advances in basic and clinical high blood pressure research, and the participation of experts in the fields of hypertension and its relationship to heart and kidney diseases, stroke, obesity, and genetics.

Why CERG have been attending this type of meeting?

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The importance of good collaboration

10570587_10152150622371968_675789575_nIn the middle of July, I travelled to the city of Antwerp in Belgium for our project OptimEx. OptimEx is a multicenter study focusing on exercise as medicine for diastolic heart failure. OptimEx is a collaboration between CERG at NTNU, Technische Universität München, Antwerp University Hospital, Universität Leipzig and University of Graz.

In this project several measurements will be done on our patients, among some; blood sampling, VO2 max testing, ultrasound of the heart, and vascular function measurements of the arteries. Since this will be an international study it is important that everything is standardized and that every center collects and processes the data in the exact same way. Only then will we be able when analyzing our data to compare the results from the different centers and know that the results we find are actual, and not due to variation in the data collection. This is crucial in research and an important part in planning the project.

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