Jun 11, 2012 Hitting a Milestone - Two USTAR Teams at Once Read more: Utah Pulse - Hitting a Milestone Two USTAR Teams at Once (from Utah Pulse)
At Utah State University, USTAR teams have reached new milestones by working together on genomic research projects resulting in two sets of transgenic twin goats. Double the research—double the fun.
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Utah Multidisciplinary Arrhythmia Consortium

The Utah Multidisciplinary Arrhythmia Consortium (UMAC) is a joint project conducted at USU and the University of Utah -- and is currently one of VDID's primary focuses. The study focuses on Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common cardiac arrhythmia (arrhythmia: an irregular heartbeat or abnormal heart rhythm). The disease has been known to lead to palpitations, fainting, chest pain, congestive heart failure and/or stroke. This research is of growing importance in an aging population where approximately 10% of those over the age of 80 show evidence of AF.


For the project, collaborators are developing animal models of AF to study structural changes, as well as changes in the electrical properties, of the cells and tissues surrounding the progression of the disease. Collaboration between USU and the U of U capitalizes on each university’s capabilities, ensuring high-quality animal models, spacious facilities and expertise in the field of cardiology and cardiac imaging.