American Heart Association (AHA) is going to establish a partnership with Enduring Heart to grant funds for research in pediatric heart transplantation. This collaboration was declared at the AHA’s Scientific Sessions 2019 in Philadelphia.
In the U.S., among the children suffering from heart diseases, over 500 undergo heart transplantation per year. Hence, there is a continuous increase in the number of children living with a new heart.
However, over the last few years, advances in the medical field have made quite an improvement. But in spite of this, many children and their families face challenges throughout their life. Enduring Hearts is one of the renown non-profit organizations at the national level.
It has committed to grant funds for research that will help children undergoing heart transplantation, allowing them to live healthier and longer lives. While trying to improve therapies and outcomes for children having heart transplants, for the first time Enduring Heart joins hands with the American Heart Association.
Both of these organizations are going to fund 3 million dollars in a research initiative that will work to improve heart transplantation outcomes.
This research is essential because of the less age of the patients. Moreover, the fact that most of the heart transplants last for about only 12 years also indicates the need for study on this matter.
Almost 25% of the heart transplants get failed every five years. One of the major reasons behind these transplant failure is known to be the organ rejection. But unfortunately, only less than 5% of these patients will have the fortune to get another transplant.
According to the Enduring Heart President, Ankur Chatterjee, the objective of this organization is to improve the quality of life and health of children undergoing heart transplants throughout the world. And it has planned to do so by financing transformative and revolutionary research on this issue.
Additionally, he also mentioned that the organization is honored to play a role in this initiative by joining hands with the American Heart Association.
This research grant of 3 million dollars is focused on getting the attention of the scientific community towards new and ground-breaking research in areas that aren’t occasionally funded. Aggressive funding for this research may ensure that every child undergoing a heart transplant will be fortunate enough to spend his life without any risk of transplant failure.
Globally the American Heart Association is dedicated to promoting healthier and longer lives. In accordance with it, this research initiative can make a considerable influence for future generations, said Joseph C. Wu and Simon H. Stertzer.
Joseph C. Wu is the Director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) and the Chairperson of the AHA’s research committee. Whereas, Simon H. Stertzer is the Professor of Medicine & Radiology at CVI.
Furthermore, this emerging research also provides AHA with an exciting opportunity to collaborate with Enduring Hearts – a national non-profit organization and to look for amazing and revolutionary scientific discoveries in the near future.
Researchers working to improve the quality of life and life expectancy of the children getting heart transplants will be awarded this grant of 3 million dollars.AHA Applications regarding this matter will be handed out in January 2020. Whereas, both these organizations will announce the final research grants in November 2020.