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NIH Extends Heart Study with $6.8M Grant Renewal

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center at Methodist Hospital in Houston said this week that its researchers have been awarded a $6.78 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to extend a large-scale study into heart disease development and progression.

The funding extends the study called Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) to Dec. 31, 2014, the 28th year of the study.

A major goal of the new funding is to identify and characterize new genetic and biochemical risk factors for cardiovascular disease using molecular, metabolic, and cellular approaches, the center said in a statement.

Since the ARIC study's start in 1987, researchers have monitored more than 15,000 people for cardiovascular disease, hospitalization, and mortality from heart attacks, or myocardial infarction and heart failure.

"In addition to clinical data and imaging tests, we have a wealth of data on new biomarkers and genetic information that we could not have even imagined in 1987," Christie Ballantyne, director of the Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at Methodist and the Baylor College of Medicine, said in a statement. "Our goal is to apply this knowledge to develop better strategies for both prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease in a more personalized manner."

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