A research idea submitted by PittPharmacy’s Inmaculada Hernandez, PharmD, PhD was one in four selected among 200 submissions for a AHA/PCORI researcher and clinician challenge. Through this challenge, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) sought to generate research ideas that address evidence gaps in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The proposed research designs had to take into account precision medicine approaches as well comparative effectiveness research methods.

Using as start point her previous research on the comparative effectiveness of anticoagulant treatments, Hernandez’s awarded idea aimed to identify optimal anticoagulation treatment in atrial fibrillation patients based on their genetics.

Hernandez is an assistant professor in the pharmacy and therapeutics department at PittPharmacy.

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