Home Medizin Die Washington University School of Medicine schließt sich der Zusammenarbeit an, um die Versorgung von Kindern mit Herzerkrankungen zu verbessern

Die Washington University School of Medicine schließt sich der Zusammenarbeit an, um die Versorgung von Kindern mit Herzerkrankungen zu verbessern

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The Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has joined the Pediatric Heart Network, a multi-center collaboration of leading hospitals and research institutions dedicated to improving care for pediatric heart disease patients.

The Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has been named one of nine core sites in the Pediatric Heart Network, a national network of leading hospitals and research institutions dedicated to improving outcomes and the quality of life for children with heart disease.

The Pediatric Heart Network (PHN) is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which will provide support of $2.4 million over seven years to Washington University – along with the Children’s Hospital Colorado as a core site.

The network focuses on pediatric heart disease, particularly congenital heart disease in children and, more recently, in adults, and brings together a somewhat fragmented research community. Over the past 22 years, this multi-center collaboration has supported 25 major studies, including 10 clinical trials, added treatments, and improved care for pediatric heart disease patients.

In the past, Washington University served as a satellite site for the network, participating when more patients were needed for specific studies. As a central site, Washington University will now participate in all PHN-led clinical trials and sit on the executive committee and all other PHN committees to help make decisions and shape the future of the network and its work.

Leading the new core site are Dr. Andrew C. Glatz of Washington University, Professor of Pediatrics at Louis Larrick Ward, and Head of the Cardiology Division of the Pediatric Department; and Jennifer N. Silva, MD, Professor of Pediatrics in the Cardiology Department. The principal site leaders of Children’s Hospital Colorado are Shelley Miyamoto, MD, Chief of Pediatric Cardiology; and Emily Bucholz, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. The two centers will collaborate as the „Gateway to the West Consortium,“ with regular virtual and in-person meetings, a joint plan to enhance the diversity of research participants, and a joint mentoring model for training the next generation of clinical researchers in pediatric cardiology.

Over the last two decades, the Pediatric Heart Network has produced extremely influential research in the field of pediatric cardiology and congenital heart defects. Participation in this initiative is evidence of the clinical and scientific excellence of the university. We have the infrastructure and expertise to be a valuable participant in this network together with our site partner.


Andrew C. Glatz, MD, Louis Larrick Ward Professor of Pediatrics, Washington University

Congenital heart defects are a birth defect that affects the heart’s structure and sometimes requires medical, surgical, or transcatheter intervention to address problems with blood flow and heart function. One in 100 babies is born with this condition, and it is one of the leading causes of infant death due to birth defects in the United States.

According to Glatz, Washington University represents the Midwest, a region that has not been represented in the network in the past.

Additional researchers from Washington University involved at the new core site are: Charles E. Canter, MD, Professor of Pediatrics in the Cardiology Department and the Lois B. Tuttle and Jeanne B. Hauck Chair in Pediatrics; Kory J. Lavine, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Developmental Biology, as well as Pathology and Immunology; Philip RO Payne, PhD, Director of the Institute for Informatics, Data Science, and Biostatistics, Janet and Bernard Becker Professor, Associate Dean for Health Information and Data Science, and Senior Data Scientist at the School of Medicine; and Adam Wilcox, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Applied Clinical Informatics.

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