Current SCAD research projects
The UK research project at the Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit is funded by the British Heart Foundation and the National Institute for Health Research Rare Diseases Translational Research Collaboration.
The research was patient-led from the start when Rebecca Breslin (Chair of Beat SCAD, pictured seated above), approached Dr David Adlam (pictured second from the right above), having made contact with a number of SCAD patients in the UK. More than 300 patients are registered for the research and currently the project has funding to do in-depth tests on 100 SCAD patients.
The photo above was taken in August 2013 at a meeting between 14 SCAD patients, Dr Adlam and Dr Gulati (pictured far right) from the Mayo Clinic at the Leicester Coronary Biomedical Research Unit.
Also patient-led, the research programme at the Mayo Clinic in the US was kickstarted by two SCAD patients who met on social media. Dr Sharonne Hayes is leading the research and she and her colleagues have published some papers detailing their results so far.
Also in the US, the Cleveland Clinic has a SCAD research project.
A Canadian SCAD research project at the University of British Columbia is being led by Dr Jacqueline Saw.
An Australian SCAD research project is taking place at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, again in conjunction with patients who wanted answers.