Interventional - Device
The objective of PIAAF SCREEN AF was to offer primary care patients, aged 75 years and older, new technologies to detect atrial fibrillation (AF) using a wearable ECG patch and a blood pressure machine that has the ability to detect AF.
The aim was to establish a practical and cost-effective screening strategy that could be easily applied in primary care for early detection and treatment of AF. The SCREEN-AF trial is a Canadian multicenter study of atrial fibrillation (AF) screening being conducted in a home-based setting.
The new diagnosis of ECG-confirmed atrial fibrillation or flutter within six months post-randomization.
Co-Principal Investigators, with Jeff Healey of PHRI, were:
Interventional - Device
2015 - 2020
Jeff Healey is a Senior Scientist in the Arrhythmia and Heart Failure research program at PHRI, an Associate Professor, Medicine, McMaster University, and Director of Arrhythmia Services at Hamilton Health Sciences. His research involves conducting RCTs and large registries in the fields of atrial fibrillation and cardiac devices. He was the lead author of the SIMPLE trial, published in the Lancet in 2015, which demonstrated that implantable defibrillators could be safely inserted without performing intra-operative defibrillation testing.
He was the lead author of the ASSERT trial, published in New England Journal of Medicine in 2012, demonstrating the increased stroke risk associated with sub-clinical atrial fibrillation detected by pacemakers. Thomson-Reuters recognized ASSERT as the 38th most-cited scientific publication in 2012 (#16 in Medicine).
He was principal investigator and chair of the Canadian Stroke Prevention Intervention Network (CSPIN), a ten-year network grant funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and Industry. He is the past co-chair of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society’s Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines Committee. Jeff has published more than 185 manuscripts.
Tara McCready, PhD, oversees a variety of collaborative programs at PHRI, and serves as Project Manager for PHRI research studies and registries.
She was recruited to PHRI as a Program Director for the Canadian Network and Centre for Trials Internationally (CANNeCTIN), a national network funded by the CIHR/CFI Clinical Research Initiative program to improve the prevention and treatment of cardiac and vascular diseases and diabetes.
Previously the Executive Director of the Canadian Maternal, Infant, Child and Youth Research Network, Tara holds a PhD in Biochemistry and a MBA in Technology Commercialization from the University of Alberta.
Senior Research Coordinator
Alex Grinvalds has more than 15 years experience in clinical research, of which 13 have been at PHRI. He has worked on randomized studies, device trials and numerous registries. Currently, Alex is working on studies involving patients with heart failure and arrhythmias.
Alex holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Queen’s University and a Certificate in Clinical Research from Humber College.
Study Team Specialist
Heather Beresh has worked at PHRI since May 2002, largely devoted to managing global, multi-centre clinical trials of antithrombotic therapies in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). She started as research coordinator for the ACTIVE study evaluating dual antiplatelet therapy and angiotensin receptor blockers in patients with AF, then continued with oversight of the AVERROES open label extension trial evaluating a novel oral anticoagulant in the same population, and ARTESiA evaluating anticoagulant therapy in patients with subclinical AF.
After years as Associate Program Manager for the Heart Failure and Arrhythmia Program, managing networks such as C-SPIN, and on the ACT COVI-19 research program, Heather was made Study Team Specialist in 2021, to provide regulatory, country and site management expertise to the studies in the Global Health research team. She has as a Master’s degree in Medical Sciences from McMaster University.
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