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Genotype-phenotype correlations in patients affected by Long QT Syndrome type 1
Universita degli Studi di Pavia
Molecular Cardiology - IRCCS Fondazione S. Maugeri Via Salvatore Maugeri, 8-10
Prof. Silvia G. Priori
Prof. Silvia G. Priori, Dr. Andrea Mazzanti
Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project without Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Long QT Syndrome type 1 is a rare, inheritable cardiac disorder that predisposes affected individuals to the development of dangerous ventricular arrhythmias, especially during exercise or emotional stress. Patients with Long QT Syndrome type 1 may experience an arrhythmic syncope or die suddenly at any age, starting from the first months of life. Beta-blockers may prevent arrhythmias, but some patients continue to experience symptoms despite the therapy.
What is the aim of the project?
We aim to review our database of patients with Long QT Syndrome type 1 (which includes more than 1000 families) in order to increase our ability in recognizing patients who are at increased risk for sudden cardiac death, despite receiving traditional therapy with beta blockers.
What techniques and methods are used?
Electrocardiogram (at rest, during exercise, Holter recordings). Pedigree.
What is the role of the student?
- The student will mainly observe
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
A background on inherited arrhythmias will be required. The material for individual study prior to the fellowship will be provided to candidate students.
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English. Cardiology exam passed with a good mark, otherwise we cannot guarantee the quality of the research exchange. Therefore, without this prerequisite the student will not be joining the project. Some preliminary clinical experience preferable. The student will be requested to provide a report of his/her activity. Please query Pubmed for publication by Silvia G. Priori for further reading.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students - Graduated students (less than 6 months)
- Priori SG. Risk stratification in the long-QT Syndrome. NEJM 2003; 348:1866-74.
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