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A new alliance has been formed – Building a bridge from New Haven to London

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Tony Blair (right), the former prime minister of the United Kingdom, who was teaching at Yale, was present when the Yale University College London (UCL) agreement was signed by Professor Malcolm Grant, president and provost, UCL; Richard Levin, president, Yale University; and Marna P. Borgstrom, YNHH president and CEO.

In 2009, Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale University signed an historic agreement with University College London (UCL) with the goal of advancing biomedical research and health care for people around the world. The agreement makes them allies in a global effort to improve the human condition through translational research. The Yale-UCL alliance will provide opportunities for high-level scientific research, and clinical and educational collaboration.

The organizations agreed to exchange expert physicians to treat individual patients at each site, as well as make use of telemedicine technology to share clinical information and expertise among themselves, and eventually with other institutions around the world.

Michael Simons, MD, chief of cardiology at Yale-New Haven Hospital, was instrumental in the development of the Yale-UCL collaboration, which has initially focused on heart disease. One of the first joint programs to develop was Yale-New Haven Hospital's cardiomyopathy program, under the direction of Daniel Jacoby, MD, working with William J. MeKenna, MD, clinical director of the Heart Hospital at the University College London.

Cardiomyopathy, which affects both adults and children, is a serious heart muscle disease that can lead to death. The YNHH cardiomyopathy program offers high quality clinical care supported by state-of-the-art technology and research. Services include genetic counseling, gene testing, family analysis, expert diagnosis and medical management, cardiac imaging, stress testing and psychological care. By establishing a telemedicine link using video conferencing and image sharing technology, our UCL partners offer remote expertise in real time in managing complex cardiomyopathy cases.

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