Minister Hunt Announces CHD Research Grant Recipients

The Federal Government has announced today the research grant recipients of the Medical Research Futures Fund (MRFF) $18 million funding into Congenital Heart Disease. 

"An $18 million investment from the Government will support a further six research projects that aim to reduce the impact of congenital heart disease by investigating new ways to diagnose and treat the condition. Each year in Australia, it is estimated 2,400 babies are affected with congenital heart disease. People with complex and severe congenital heart disease require specialist treatment throughout their life."
  

The CHD grant recipient's projects will support research to provide new diagnoses and treatment options for those suffering from congenital heart disease.

The various projects will align with  the National Strategic Action Plan for Childhood Heart Disease, and will target the Research Priorities in the Action Plan in particular:

·         preventing neurodevelopmental and mental health complications

·         understanding the impact of prenatal and postnatal factors affecting the health of children born with CHD and their families, or

·         exploring the role of exercise and increased activity in reducing the impact of CHD.

 

"On behalf of the HeartKids Community we would like to thank the The Hon Greg Hunt MP for his continues support of the our community. We would also like to congratulate all the recipients of the grants and we are looking forward to some insightful and positive outcomes that will support all those in our HeartKids Community." - Rob Lutter, CEO

The Grant Recipients:

University of Sydney

$3,994,175

An Australian Study of the Outcomes and Burden of Congenital Heart Disease

University of Sydney

$3,328,569

Congenital Heart Fitness Intervention Trial: CH-FIT

University of Sydney

$2,081,761

Personalised Pulmonary Valved Conduits: reducing re-operations in CHD

The University of Adelaide

$3,041,595

Maternal exposures, congenital heart defects, and child development

The University of Queensland

$3,133,858

Gene Expression to Predict Long-Term Outcome in Infants After Heart Surgery

Queensland University of Technology

$2,997,256

CHD LIFE+ family-centred care models supporting long-term neurodevelopment

 

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