Current Projects

Genetics Research Program:

  • Identifying genes involved in the development of congenital heart disease (CHD) using next generation sequencing
  • Developing targeted next generation sequencing tools in families with strong histories of CHD
  • Collaborating in large genome-wide association studies as well as smaller gene screening studies
  • Continuous recruitment of children with CHD and their families to the Kids Heart Research DNA Bank
  • Developing individualised genetic counselling sessions for families with CHD

Clinical Research Program:

  • Identifying key care needs in patients who underwent cardiac surgery at less than one years old
  • Understanding how prenatal diagnosis of heart disease in infants may influence their care
  • Examining the destiny of patients who begin care with a variety of complex ventricle abnormalities
  • Developing long term follow-up for neurodevelopmental outcomes in children after heart surgery
  • Engineering a custom-made valved conduit for patients with CHD

Psychological Research Program:

  • CHERISH: prospective study assessing infant outcomes following ante- or post-natal diagnosis of complex CHD
  • Feeding in Infancy: Heart Centre-based audit of feeding difficulties and support use in infants after cardiac surgery
  • Life after Fontan: National study of quality of life in children, young people and families after a Fontan circulation
  • Heartfelt study: Series of 53 in-depth interviews with mothers and fathers of an infant with complex CHD
  • Genetics-based studies: analysis of the needs of children and families affected by rare genetic conditions
  • Finding ways to help families find their way: developing clinical protocols for the care of bereaved families
  • Keeping Connected: determining unmet information and support needs to be addressed by web-based technologies
  • Caring for the Carers: compassion fatigue and identifying better ways of supporting cardiac care health professionals

Cardiovascular Risk and Long Term Outcomes:

  • Examining children with CHD and the inter-relationship with pre-existing cardiac abnormalities
  • A focus on better understanding cardiovascular risk in children