A staggering 40,000 babies are born with a heart defect each year in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. We’re working to address that issue.
Our investigators are using high-tech ultrasound tools to conduct cutting-edge research in fetal cardiovascular diseases and placental function. With these new discoveries, we hope to develop improved therapies for fetal congenital heart disease.
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Our faculty are renowned for their prenatal diagnosis of fetal congenital heart disease and research in fetal cardiovascular disease.
Alfred Abuhamad, MD, Mason C. Andrews Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, is leading a $2.725 million NIH study that aims to identify early signs of pregnancy complications within the placenta. He has also authored two fetal echocardiography textbooks, one of which has received international acclaim.
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The Fetal Cardiovascular Center combines the clinical components of fetal cardiovascular health with the advancement of research on the primary subject of fetal origin of adult disease.