Dr. Chulan Kwong – My CHD Research
The Children’s Heart Foundation and the American Heart Association recently announced their latest collaborative investment in research to better understand and treat congenital heart defects (CHDs), the number one birth defect in the United States. This is the fourth round of their co-funded Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards program and represents a $826,600 investment in seven research programs from around the country. The program will ultimately fund more than $22 million in CHD-specific research through 2021.
Chulan Kwon of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is examining the biology of cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs), which act as building blocks for a developing heart will provide fundamental insights into how improper regulation of factors affecting CPC multiplication can lead to congenital heart disease, which may provide a new direction for preventive or therapeutic approaches. In addition, the knowledge gained from this work might be directly applied to control CPCs in a dish, which will accelerate CPC-mediated heart regenerative research to repair heart disease.
Support CHD research by donating to the Hope and Jack Fund, named in honor of two children living with complex heart defects.