SCCR in the News
The research activities in SCCR were included in a number of prominent publications in recent months. A sampling of the coverage includes:
SCCR was featured in the Stanford Department of Medicine's 2019 annual report. The article referred to SCCR as the “operational engine” enabling many faculty throughout Stanford to drive robust clinical research enterprises, according to Kenneth Mahaffey, MD, professor of cardiovascular medicine, vice chair of clinical research in the Department of Medicine, and director of SCCR.
Preliminary results of the Apple Heart Study, a virtual research project that SCCR coordinates, were released on March 16, 2019, when Stanford Medicine researchers presented their findings at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session and Expo. The researchers reported that wearable technology can identify heart rate irregularities, which were subsequently confirmed to be atrial fibrillation. The study leaders were Kenneth Mahaffey, MD, director of SCCR, Mintu Turakhia, MD, associate professor of cardiovascular medicine, Marco Perez, MD, associate professor of cardiovascular medicine, and Manisha Desai, PhD, professor of biomedical data science.
Results of the Apple Heart Study were reported in a March 16, 2019 Reuters story, which said that the study involved more than 400,000 Apple Watch users. It is one of the largest heart screening studies ever conducted.
An October 18, 2018 article in The New York Times discussed Project Baseline, led by Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD. Project Baseline is one of the largest studies in SCCR’s portfolio and one of the most comprehensive studies ever conducted. The study seeks to better understand the basic underpinnings of health and the transition to disease. By creating a new set of tools and data sets for medical discovery, it is hoped that this study will pave the way for real-world insights and potentially improve how care is delivered in the future.
The Taube Stanford Children’s Concussion Initiative, the nation’s first study of its kind, was covered in an October 10, 2018 article in The Mercury News. The Coordinating Center of SCCR is involved in numerous aspects of the study, which aims to measure rotation and full motion cranial impacts in young athletes.
In addition, SCCR has been active on social media recently. A post on SCCR’s LinkedIn page told how SCCR's Community Advisory Board for Clinical Research uses a personalized approach to improve community health and wellbeing.