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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