Research Funded in 2017

HeartKids funded 7 new projects in 2017 to the value of $290,000. This brought our total Grants-in-Aid funding since the program's inception in 2011 to over $1.4 million across a total of 34 projects. In all, we have invested over $3.5 million across all research initiatives to date.

Here is a list of the ground-breaking research currently underway:

Professor Yves d'Udekem
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
ACE inhibitor cessation in the setting of well functioning Fontan hearts

Professor Chris Semsarian
Centenary Institute
Clinical and genetic studies in children with Left Ventricular Noncompaction Cardiomyopathy (LVNC)

Professor David Burgner
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Mechanisms and predictors of cardiovascular risk in children following Kawasaki disease

Richard P. Harvey, PhD FAA FAHMS FRS
Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
Modelling CHD in a dish using IPS cells and massively parallel sequencing

Associate Professor Judith Katzenellenbogen
The University of Western Australia
Burden of rheumatic heart disease: comprehensive measurement to drive the Endgame

Associate Professor Luregn Schlapbach, FCICM
The University of Queensland
Nitric Oxide to reduce cardiopulmonary bypass-induced inflammation after cardiac surgery in children

Professor Fadi Joseph Charchar
Federation University Australia
Early detection of hypertension in aortic coarctation using genome sequencing


Research Update (May 2018): Nitric Oxide Study

Impact extends far beyond initial seed funding

In 2017, HeartKids provided Grants-in-Aid funding to Associate Professor Dr Luregn Schlapbach of The University of Queensland to investigate the use of nitric oxide during cardiopulmonary bypass to improve recovery in infants with congenital heart defects.

Thanks to initial seed-funding provided by HeartKids, Associate Professor Dr Luregn Schlapbach and his team were able to secure close to $2 million of NHMRC funding in 2017, to enable the project to extend to 5 hospitals across Australia & New Zealand.

“The start-up funding by HeartKids was essential to get us going, and provide the necessary feasibility data to NHMRC allowing us to secure this large grant – so thank you on behalf of the whole team!!!!”

 Associate Professor Dr Luregn Schlapbach, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit - Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

HeartKids has since worked with the research team and funded an animated video resource to inform parents of the study. Click here to view.