Seven researchers receive nearly $800,000 to examine congenital heart defect

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) announced on Jan. 27 that they had awarded nearly $800,000 in grants to seven research projects in six states.

The grants are part of a collaborative project between the AHA and CHF, in which the organizations will provide a total of $22.5 million in research funding for congenital heart defect research. Each year, approximately 40,000 children in the U.S. are born with congenital heart defects.

The first round of grant recipients are:

  • Dr. John Kheir of Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Dr. Chulan Kwon of Johns Hopkins
  • Dr. John LaDisa of Marquette University
  • Dr. Lucile Ryckebusch of the University of California, San Diego
  • Ariel Rydeen of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
  • Juliet Varghese of Ohio State University
  • Dr. Mary Wagner of Emory University

Researchers can click here to learn more about the grant awards. 

“We are honored to work with The Children’s Heart Foundation to advance research focused on congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the United States,” AHA CEO Nancy Brown said in a news release. “This is the first of many steps in helping to understand the cause of these defects and, hopefully, in creating medical breakthroughs that will reduce the rate at which they occur.”