News Release: Research , School of Medicine , Woodruff Health Sciences

Aug. 12,  2011

NIH Selects Emory-Children's Pediatric Research Center as Pediatric Heart Network Core Site for Clinical Research

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Selects Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University's Collaborative Pediatric Research Center as Key Site for National Consortium

Emory-Children’s Pediatric Research Center, a partnership between Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University, was recently selected as a new Pediatric Heart Network (PHN) core site for clinical research. Created and funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, the PHN is a cooperative network of pediatric cardiovascular clinical research centers that conducts studies in children with congenital or acquired heart disease.

William Mahle, MD, and William Border, MBChB, MPH, will serve as primary investigators and lead the core site’s PHN efforts.

“The Pediatric Heart Network carries out the highest quality clinical research in our field,” says Mahle, a pediatric cardiologist and medical director of clinical research at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sibley Heart Center and associate professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.

“This award recognizes the strong commitment that Children’s and Emory have made to supporting research and becoming international leaders in developing therapies to improve child health.”

Together, Children’s and Emory will function as one of nine core sites across the nation and Canada that will be co-recipients of the $19.6 million core clinical center funding allocated by the PHN. The Emory-Children’s program was selected for its history of successful pediatric cardiac research and strong contribution to ongoing PHN endeavors including the Single Ventricle Reconstruction (SVR) trial and SVR Extension Study.

Within the five-year funding period, the core site will build upon local research initiatives that include a collaborative program involving the Children’s Sibley Heart Center, Emory University and the industrial engineering program at Georgia Institute of Technology.

“We are pleased to be a part of the Pediatric Heart Network, as their collaborative goal matches our initiatives at Children’s,” says Border, who is director of noninvasive imaging and medical director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Research Core (CIRC) at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sibley Heart Center and associate professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. “By building a community between highly-esteemed research institutions in Atlanta and across the country and Canada, we are able to work together to ensure better outcomes for children with cardiac diseases.”

Research efforts will be conducted within the Center for Cardiovascular Biology and the Center for Clinical Outcomes Research and Public Health. These centers are part of the Emory-Children’s Pediatric Research Center led by Children’s and Emory, including partnerships with Georgia Institute of Technology and Morehouse School of Medicine.

With the leadership of Paul Spearman, MD, Children’s chief research officer and vice chair for research in the Emory University Department of Pediatrics, 14 key priority centers have been identified. These are the Aflac Cancer Center for hematology and oncology; immunology and vaccines; transplant immunology and immune therapeutics; pediatric healthcare technology innovation; cystic fibrosis; developmental lung biology; endothelial biology; cardiovascular biology; drug discovery; autism; neurosciences; nanomedicine; outcomes research and public health; and clinical and translational research.

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