CenterPoints: Jennifer Duncan, MD talks about her research on heart
cells within the Congenital Heart Disease Center.
More than 25,000 children are born with congenital heart defects every year
in the United States, and heart disease is the leading cause of
death in newborns. While many of these defects can be surgically repaired, many
children require multiple surgeries and a lifetime of medications to keep their
hearts working. For some, the only hope is a heart transplant – but donated
organs available for transplant are scarce.
The Congenital Heart Disease Center wants to change the future of congenital heart
disease within the next decade.Research from this
Center in tissue regeneration, nutrition and human genomics is providing new approaches
for the cure and prevention of heart defects.