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Speaker - Laura Obici
IRCCS Fondazione Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia, Italy

Dr Laura Obici is a Consultant at the Amyloidosis Research and Treatment Center and Head of Rare Diseases Unit at IRCCS Fondazione Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia, PA, Italy. She was awarded her Medicine and Surgery degree with honours from the University of Pavia, Pavia, Lombardy, Italy in 1994, and was later awarded a Master’s degree in Molecular Medicine and Genetic Epidemiology. In 2000, she became a specialist in Internal Medicine at the University of Pavia, Pavia.


Dr Obici’s main research interests include the molecular mechanisms of systemic amyloidosis, the prognosis and therapy of systemic amyloidoses and the genetic basis of hereditary amyloidoses and hereditary autoinflammatory syndromes. Her research activity has been funded by the Italian Ministry of Health, the European Community (Eurotraps project, VII Framework Programme) and by the CARIPLO Foundation.


Dr Obici was a secretary of the International Society for Amyloidosis from 2010 to 2014 and is principal investigator for several ongoing clinical trials of novel drugs for the treatment of systemic amyloidosis. She has co-authored 192 peer-reviewed publications in international journals. 


Mathew Maurer

Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, USA

Dr Mathew Maurer is a General Internist and Geriatric Cardiologist with advanced training in heart failure and cardiac transplantation. He is the Arnold and Arlene Goldstein Professor of Cardiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, NY, USA and Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, where he directs the Clinical Cardiovascular Research Laboratory for the Elderly (CCRLE). He is also a member of the Advanced Cardiac Care Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia Campus, New York, NY.


Dr Maurer has published over 400 articles, including peer-reviewed manuscripts, reviews and book chapters. He was chair of the American College of Cardiology’s Geriatric Cardiology Member Section, which is the largest organisation dedicated to advancing the care of older adults with cardiovascular disease. He was the co-chair of the steering committee of the ATTR-ACT trial, showing tafamidis was an safe and effective therapy for transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy. Throughout his career, he has promulgated an approach to older adults with cardiovascular disease that offers the best of both geriatric and cardiovascular medicine in which a comprehensive holistic approach to enhance functional capacity and quality of life is at the forefront of emerging techniques to address cardiovascular physiologic derangement that disproportionately affects older adults.    

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