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Important update: We will be relocating to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center!

Thank you very much for your time and participation in our research study looking at the genetic causes of bicuspid aortic valve disease (BAV). It is with great pleasure that I write to inform you that I will be joining Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on June 1st, 2018.  I will transition my role to Vice Chair of Research in Anesthesiology and I will be joining an outstanding group of physicians and researchers. As a result of this transition, our study will continue but will have a new headquarters.

Please update your records with our new contact information:

Simon C. Body, MD, MPH
375 Longwood Ave.
MASCO 4th Fl. Room 412B
Boston, MA 02115

Phone: (617) 632-8056
Email: sbody@BIDMC.harvard.edu

Our website, email, and telephones will be fully operational during the moving process. Should you have any inquiries, you will not experience any change or delays in response time. Please contact our current Brigham and Women’s phone/address/and email prior to June 1st. All contact afterwards should be directed to our new headquarters.

I’m looking forward to working with you further, and I thank you once again for your participation.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the move, or any questions about our study please contact us at our new contact info.

Best regards,
Simon C. Body, MD, MPH

BAVgenetics is a partnership between Investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard-Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics, dedicated to discovering the genetic causes of bicuspid aortic valve disease and associated aortic disease.

Normal and Bicuspid Aortic Valve

As you may know, the aortic valve is the valve that blood passes through from the main pumping chamber of the heart. Normally, the aortic valve has three leaflets, but in about 1% of the population, the valve has two leaflets, as seen in the picture above.

The Investigators at BAVgenetics are dedicated to discovering the mechanisms of bicuspid aortic valve disease and why individual genetics seem to play such an important role in generation of this disease.

If you have, or have had, a bicuspid aortic valve, we seek your help in this effort by volunteering to donate DNA and details of your disease to the Investigators, so that this disease can be better understood and therapies for it can be developed.

If you want to read more about bicuspid aortic valve disease, we suggest exploring these web sites:

There is an Association for patients and families of those with bicuspid aortic valve disease. Their very informative web site is at:

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