Research Fuels Progress
In 2019, ACHA put out its first call for ACHD Research applications. We had 11 outstanding research applications submitted, and we were able to fund six of these projects—three fellow grants and three two-year faculty grants. All projects were jointly funded with the Meil Family Foundation, Project Heart, and the Dale Amorosia Heart Fund.
In late 2020, we sent out another call for research applications and we received seven completed applications. We are currently reviewing these applications and will provide the awards in May with a start date of July 1, 2021.
ACHA funds critical research focused on, but not limited to: functional abilities, risk factors, outcomes of treatment, patient-centered care models, anxiety, self-management interventions, improving pregnancy outcomes, protein measurements, cognitive impairments, and resilience in stress management.
After an extensive application and peer review process, we are thrilled to announce the funding of the Adult Congenital Heart Association's inaugural research grants.
Jointly funded with the Meil Family Foundation, Project Heart, and the Dale Amorosia Heart Fund, ACHA is funding six research grants in 2019 to advance the science of congenital heart disease (CHD) in adults, including three provider grants and three fellow grants.
With the advent of this new ACHA program, we can continue to improve the lives of CHD patients and future generations in partnership with medical professionals.
Click here for the news story and more on each grant.
Click on the researchers' names below for a video to learn more about each project:
- Dr. Nael Aldweib, Serial C-Reactive Protein Measurements to Predict Clinical Events in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease
- Dr. Valeria E. Duarte, Improving Pregnancy Outcomes in Women with Tetralogy of Fallot
- Dr. Richard A. Krasuski, Peer Coaching Adaptive Self-Management Interventions for Young Adults with Congenital Heart Disease (CHASM IN ACHD)
- Dr. Matthew Lewis, Patient Centered Research Models to Diagnose and Treat Anxiety Disorders in Adult Congenital Heart Disease: A Pilot Pragmatic Clinical Trial
- Dr. Carla P. Rodriguez-Monserrate, Cognitive Impairments in Adult CHD Patients
- Dr. Jill Steiner, Strategies for the Successful Adaption of the PRISM (Promoting Resilience in Stress Management) Intervention to Promote Resilience for Patients with Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Congenital Heart Initiative
The Heart Research Alliance, Children's National Hospital and University of California San Francisco, in conjunction with the Adult Congenital Heart Association, came together to fight for a better future for those living with congenital heart defects by creating the Congenital Heart Initiative, an adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) patient registry. This initiative will give researchers, health care providers and patients a deeper understanding of ACHD as a condition, informing future research projects and spurring innovation to improve patient outcomes and quality of life!
If you are a patient living with ACHD, consider enrolling in the registry! Learn more by clicking here.
ACHA wants our community to know how important research is in improving the quality of care and the quality of life for people with adult congenital heart disease. We work to inform patients and caregivers about open studies, to support research and to develop partnerships that advance the research agenda for ACHD.
You can help advance research in adult congenital heart disease by:
- Increasing awareness of ACHD
- Advocating for research funding for ACHD
- Educating yourself about the ACHD research agenda
- Participating in a clinical trial of study
There are clinical trials for all types of ACHD as well as studies that focus on the emotional and social issues that people with CHD face. Some require only that you fill out a survey form or participate in an interview; others involve actual treatment in a specific clinic or center.
ACHA lists several open studies on these pages. These are projects that we have co-sponsored or supported or were conducted by our partners. We encourage you to review these studies and considering participating in a trial if it is appropriate.
The best way to find a clinical trial is to talk to your ACHD specialist about finding a study that is appropriate for you. You can also find clinical trials for adult congenital heart disease by going to www.clinicaltrials.gov. This is a very comprehensive website but some may find it difficult to use. Before searching this site, make sure you know your diagnosis and are aware of any issues or complications that you have. Every trial has very specific eligibility requirements. Talk to your doctor about your option to participate in a clinical trial. Print out anything you find on line for that discussion.
www.CenterWatch.com, is a resource that helps both professionals and patients find industry-sponsored clinical trials.
By participating in a clinical trial, you can potentially help yourself and make a real contribution to the treatment and care of adults with congenital heart disease, today and tomorrow.
Interested in research? ACHA encourages you to become an ACHA Medical Professional Member. As a member, you help support our organization and our community—and can take advantage of member only benefits including opportunities to promote medical studies to ACHA’s patient membership and to share work on current research projects or published research findings. To get registered, click here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Studies Enrolling Subjects
Discover where and how you can participate in Congenital Heart Disease studies, including the Quality of Life in Adults with Atrial Septal Defects study.
Learn about or enroll in ACHA sponsored research projects
These efforts address the great need for better information on the numbers and kinds of people affected by ACHD, and on the long-term outcomes of living with these heart conditions.
Congenital Heart Initiative
While nearly 2 million adults in the United States are living with a congenital heart defect, it’s been historically hard to gather significant data on these conditions. That’s why the Heart Research Alliance, Adult Congenital Heart Association...