Advocates for Atrial Fibrillation Needed

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Atrial Fibrillation
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Sanjiv M Narayan, MD, PhD, is a practicing cardiologist and professor of medicine at Stanford University in California. In his previous role as professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Sanjiv Narayan developed new mapping techniques for atrial fibrillation and an innovative therapy used to treat the condition, known as map based – driver ablation for AF (one example is Focal Impulse and Rotor Modulation, FIRM)..

Atrial fibrillation (known as AF or afib) is a common heart rhythm condition characterized by heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and dizziness. Stopafib.org, an educational website for families and patients affected by AF, is currently seeking atrial fibrillation advocates for participation in a research-advocacy training program. Sponsored by The Alliance for Aging Research’s Senior Patient & Family Caregiver Network (SP&FCN), this program will provide participants with training to become merit reviewers for organizations including the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health, sit on research-related committees, and even partner with existing researchers to disseminate and design research.

A 2-day, in-person workshop will take place in Dallas, Texas, from November 19-21, 2019. Selected participants will be reimbursed for travel expenses and provided with a 2-night stay in a local hotel. Previous participants in this program have gone on to become research advocates with organizations such as The American Heart Association, The Food and Drug Administration, and the Alzheimer’s Associations’ Early Stage Support Group National Team, among others.

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