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WORLD HEART FEDERATION NAMES TWIN CENTRES FELLOWS

The World Heart Federation has awarded Twin Centres fellowships to physicians from Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon and Nigeria.

The Twin Centres fellowships enhance the quality and capacity of cardiology centres in less-advantaged countries or regions by pairing them with centres that already have top cardiology programmes.

Each fellow will receive round-trip air fare and a grant of 25,000 Swiss francs to cover 12 months of living expenses. During that time, they will work at cardiology centres specializing in outstanding preventive care, clinical cardiology, research and training.

The five fellowship recipients are:

  • Adekola Dada. A physician at a Nigerian army hospital, Dr Dada will work with Prof Karen Sliwa at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, South Africa. Their respective cardiology centres want to collaborate on the care and management of hypertension, cardiomyopathy and heart failure.
  • Evbu Omoyemwen Enapkene. Senior registrar in the cardiology unit of the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria, she will use the fellowship to improve her knowledge of such diseases as hypertension and rheumatic heart disease and such treatments as valvuloplasty and interventional cardiology. She will train with Dr Rodney Foale at St Mary’s Hospital in London, UK. Their respective cardiology centres want to undertake collaborative research.
  • Nazmul Hosain. A cardiac surgeon at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dr Hosain will train with Prof Alain Pavie at the Hôpital de la Pitié in Paris, France, which has a long tradition of training and cooperating with Bangladeshi cardiologists and cardiac surgeons.
  • Anastase Dzudie Tamdja. A physician at the Yaounde General Hospital in Yaounde, Cameroon, Dr Dzudie is currently in training at the Hospices Civils Lyon in France. The fellowship will allow him to complete training with Dr Pierre Lantelme in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. His fellowship was made possible through the American Heart Association’s Paul Dudley White Fund.
  • Dusko Vulvic. Founder of the Foundation of Health and Heart in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dr Vulvic's fellowship will enable him to become a visiting scholar at the University of California at Irvine, USA. He will work with Dr Nathan Wong on prevention of heart disease.

As a condition of receiving the fellowship, each has agreed to return to his country of origin to assist in the development of cardiology in his/her country or region.

 

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