By Dr. Paolo Emilio Adami, M.D.
I received the Oded Bar-Or International Scholar Award in 2015. The aim of my project was to investigate the appropriate indications and efficacy of sub-cutaneous Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators (ICDs) in athletes and physically active people, assessing the occurrence of those complications and side effects that are more frequently seen with “usual” ICDs.
The Oded Bar-Or grant has given me the opportunity to further specialize and start a new field of research within my sports cardiology interests. Thanks to the Oded Bar-Or Scholarship I had the chance to attend the New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Center at Tufts Medical Center, in Boston, Massachusetts, led by Professor NA Mark Estes III. This facility is one of the world leading centers in electrophysiology and sports cardiology with a unique expertise in safety of athletes with ICDs and, more in particular, in patients with S-ICDs. I could work closely with Prof. Estes, Prof. Mark Link and the amazing team at the New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Center.
I would highly recommend qualified individuals to apply for the grant. It has given me opportunities I wouldn’t have had otherwise and it represented a turning point in my clinical and scientific career, while at the same time being an incredible life experience. If I could, I would apply again!