Verena Schwach, UT-researcher, can start with her research to improved treatment of cardiac arrhythmia. In collaboration with the Dutch Heart Foundation, Verena started a crowdfund campaign in October to raise enough money to start the research. On 8th December it was announced that she had raised the target amount of at least 25.000 euros. Thanks to all donations and the ‘Hartstichting Verdubbelaar’, Verena raised more than 57,000 euros for her research.
“It was a huge motivation to see so many people show their interest and confidence in our research. Without my colleagues and the help from many people, this crowdfunding would not have succeeded. I hope that our work can make a difference for the patients. A big thank you to everybody that has helped!” – Verena Schwach
Verena hopes to reduce the number of cardiac arrests, brain infarcts and heart failure and to even prevent them from occurring in the future as much as possible. In her research, Verena hopes to use stem cells of patients with the same genetic defect in the DNA as certain patients. This allows the growing of actual living heart muscle cells of a patient and the possibility to research what medication and treatment works best for the patient in question. Verena: “It’s my goal to find personalized medication in order to improve treatment of cardiac dysrhythmia and to prevent its serious consequences. Thanks to all the donations, I can start this research. Thank you so much!”