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.