Our mission is to identify families with an inherited risk of sudden death and to improve clinical and genetic assessment in those families. Our work is supported by a number of awards and grants.
Research Studies for Patients and Families
Our research focuses on the following diseases:
- Sudden Unexplained Death
- Sudden Cardiac Death
- Long QT Syndrome
- Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia
- Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy
- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
- Dilated Cardiomyopathy
- Idiopathic Ventricular Fibrillation
Participation in our studies involves the following:
- Informed consent
During the informed consent process, we will explain the purpose of the study, how long it will last, and the risks and benefits. We will ask you to sign a consent form if you decide to participate.
- Medical information and family history
We will ask permission to obtain relevant medical records from your doctor, particularly any cardiologist/heart doctor that you may have seen. We will also ask you questions regarding your family history.
- Blood sample
We may ask for a blood sample or saliva sample from participants in our study. This sample will be used to isolate DNA, a molecule that contains genetic information. If you are not in the Chicago area, we can send you a collection kit with instructions and return packaging. If a blood sample is needed, you can have it drawn at your next doctor’s appointment or have your blood drawn at your local lab.