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December 7th, 2017

Mayo Clinic, Children’s Minnesota Announce Congenital Heart Defect Collaboration

By Center for Regenerative Medicine

This story first appeared on the Mayo Clinic News Network.

Mayo Clinic’s Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and Children’s Minnesota are collaborating to prevent heart failure for hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare and complex form of congenital heart disease in which the left side of a child's heart is severely underdeveloped.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Children’s Minnesota, because it brings new research right to the patients,” says Timothy Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., director, Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. “By being a part of the hypoplastic left heart syndrome consortium, Children’s Minnesota is now part of a national network that includes Mayo Clinic and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. It means that individuals with hypoplastic left heart syndrome now have more options when it comes to participating in groundbreaking clinical trials and other hypoplastic left heart syndrome research.”

"We're excited to expand the treatment options we're able to offer to our hypoplastic left heart syndrome patients and families through this collaboration, given the size and strength of our program," says David Overman, M.D., chief of cardiovascular surgery, Children's Minnesota. "This collaboration also improves important access to clinical trials and allows us to pool scientific knowledge with other top cardiovascular programs around the country."

The consortium aligns regional centers in a nationwide collaboration led by the Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome at Mayo Clinic. The consortium accelerates innovation on hypoplastic left heart syndrome, discovery sciences and clinical expertise by investing local resources back into research. The program seeks to work with five to seven regional centers across the U.S. to fund the development of cell-based, innovative research opportunities that can transform the lives of people living with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

Tags: cardiac regeneration, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Congenital Heart Disease, HLHS, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, mayo clinic medical research, News, regenerative medicine, stem cells, Timothy Nelson

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