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Today it's been 5 years since my son Matthew's A.V. Canal repair. I remember the nurses: Shannon, Jaime, and Patrick....They were so good with Matthew and with my husband and I.
If it wasn't for Children's Hospital and the Cardiac wing he wouldn't be here. Thank you all for what you have done for us and giving him a chance to grow in front of our eyes! Thank you Dr. Mah, Dr. Baird, and Dr. de Ferranti we owe you the world.
5 years ago today, I placed my one week old son in Dr. Emani's hands to repair his COA. I remember it like it was yesterday, and I'm thankful every day for the care we received at the Heart Center at Boston Children's Hospital.
1 year ago today Dr Baird performed open heart surgery on Cayman. It did NOT slow him down. Today his heart is as good as new and he barely even has a scar. Thank you Dr Baird and everyone on the cardiac floor at Boston Children's Hospital.
Two years ago today we were at Boston Children's Hospital and our daughter, Emily, was having an aortic stent placed. We were told it would have to be replaced by the time she turned 2 (which was last June) but its still in place and working beautifully. We thank God every day for the amazing work of Dr. Gerald Marx and Dr. James Lock.
This weekend we celebrated our beautiful daughter, Mikayla's 1st birthday and that’s thanks to the amazing surgeons and staff on the 8th floor!! Mikayla was born with a rare diagnosis of Pentalogy of Cantrell which included several heart defects.
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At Boston Children's Hospital, our care is informed by our research, and our discoveries in the laboratory strengthen the care we provide at each child's bedside.
Our current research and clinical trials focus on the genetics of cardiomyopathy and the efficacy of specific medications as treatment.
Understanding family ties to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Working with colleagues at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s researchers are examining common characteristics among families with a genetic predisposition toward cardiomyopathy. The team is leading a multi-center registry of children and adults who carry the gene for this type of cardiomyopathy, in hopes that studying their genetic makeup will help them identify the exact mutations influencing the onset of the disease.
Investigating gene regulation
Dr. William Pu's laboratory is studying the regulation of gene expression in heart development and heart failure. They are using conditional gene knockout and overexpression approaches to manipulate gene expression in mice and in primary cultured cells. Current projects include:
Evaluating the effectiveness of medication in delaying hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Researchers in Boston Children’s Department of Cardiology and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital are conducting medication trials for patients who carry the gene for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, but whose echocardiograms are normal. The aim of the project is to develop new drug therapies capable of delaying the onset of symptoms.
Clinical trials for cardiomyopathy
There are many ongoing clinical trials and basic science research at Boston Children’s. You might be asked about having your child participate in a study about cardiomyopathy in children. If your physician recommends that your child participate in a clinical trial, you can feel confident that the plan detailed for that study represents the best and most innovative care available. Taking part in a clinical trial at Boston Children’s is entirely voluntary. Our team will be sure to fully address any questions you may have, and you may remove your child from the medical study at any time.
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