Our research portfolio is comprised of four key initiatives:
1. Independent Research Funding
Each year, researchers from around the world answer The Children's Heart Foundation’s independent call for research proposals. Then in the fall, our Medical Advisory Council (MAC) reviews and scores each proposal based on scientific integrity and significance, investigator credibility, and relevance to The Children's Heart Foundation's mission. Recommendations from the MAC are forwarded to our Board of Directors for final approval.
2. AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards
The Children’s Heart Foundation partners with the American Heart Association to fund Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards. This collaborative investment of funds provides support for investigators who are actively conducting research directly related to advancing the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of CHDs, which directly aligns with The Children's Heart Foundation's mission. Click here for additional information about the AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards.
AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Award Recipients:
- First Round Award Recipients and Key Facts (PDF)
- Second Round Award Recipients and Key Facts (PDF)
- Third Round of CHD Research Awards Announced (PDF)
- Fourth Round of CHD Research Awards (PDF)
- Fifth round of CHD Research Award recipients announced
- AHA and CHF continue to invest in congenital heart defect research with $1.3M in new grants
- Eight research projects totaling $900K funded to focus on congenital heart defects
3. Pediatric Cardiology Research Fellowship Award
The Children's Heart Foundation funds the American Academy of Pediatrics' educational Pediatric Cardiology Research Fellowship Award. This Award promotes the understanding of cardiovascular disease in children. The grant provides research support for an individual who has demonstrated aptitude for basic science or clinical science research during their pediatric cardiology fellowship. The award represents a tremendous opportunity for junior faculty in pediatric cardiology to gain research experience.
Kari Phillips, MD, University of Utah Health
"Exploring Patient and Family Decision Making in Pediatric Heart Transplant"
Mohammad Al-mousily, MD, Medical University of South Carolina
“The Use of a 12 Lead ECG and Artificial Intelligence with a Machine Learning Model to Identify Structural Heart Disease”
David Staudt, MD, PhD, Stanford University
“Unraveling the Molecular Modifiers of Hypertrophic and Restrictive Cardiomyopathy”
Rohan Kumthekar, MD, Children’s National Health System, Washington, DC
"A Novel Tool for Percutaneous Implantation of Pacing and Defibrillation Leads in Small Children and Infants"
Joshua Kurtz, MD, FAAP, Medical University of South Carolina
"Detecting the Pathophysiology that Drives Fontan-Associated Liver Disease"
Jessica Garbern, MD, FAAP, Boston Children’s Hospital
"Maturation of stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes"
Andrew L. Cheng, MD, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
"Effects of Hemorheology on Flow in the Fontan Circulation"
Shahryar Chowdhury, MD
"Investigating the Racial Disparities in Cardiovascular Risk"
Stephanie J. Nakano, MD, University of Colorado
"Regulation of Phosphodiesterase Activity in Pediatric Heart Failure"
4. Cardiac Networks United
The Children’s Heart Foundation has committed $1.5 million in funding over the next five years (through 2023) to Cardiac Networks United (CNU), an integrated, collaborative pediatric and congenital cardiovascular research and improvement network. Formed in 2017, CNU is a “networks of networks” providing infrastructure for discovery and improvement work to participating networks which is scalable to accommodate a diverse group of collaborative partners and data sources. View all of CNU's collaborating networks here.
Leaders from across the country collaborate to form Cardiac Networks United with the goals of accelerating scientific discovery and improvements in congenital heart care. The initiative brings together data, expertise, and resources spanning several congenital heart networks and includes nearly two-thirds of U.S. congenital heart programs (85 hospitals). The network is led by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital pediatric cardiologists Sara Pasquali, M.D. and Michael Gaies, M.D., and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center pediatric cardiologist Jeffrey Anderson, M.D.
Through the new collaboration between The Children’s Heart Foundation and Cardiac Networks United, organization leaders strive to make a lasting impact on the lives of patients and families impacted by congenital heart disease.