Current research and innovation projects

Nationally-funded projects | Virtual health and 3D technology | Our research labs

Herma Heart Institute-funded projects

Research spotlight: PTSD Project

Funding the next wave of advancements in congenital heart disease is not always easy. Learn more about the Herma Heart Institute’s commitment to funding future research.
Below are recent fund recipients:  

Herma Heart Institute research grants

  • Childhood after Heart-Lung Failure: The Risk Environment and Impact of Mechanical Circulatory Support on Functional Outcomes — Krisjon Rae Olson, Ph.D., Mary Homan, PhD, Michael Mitchell, MD, D. Woodrow Benson, MD, PhD
  • Enhancing Healthcare Management of Pediatric Heart Disease by Connecting School Health Plans to Medical Care Teams — Cheryl Brosig, PhD, Pippa Simpson, PhD, Kyle Landry, MS, Christie Ruehl, JD, MBA
  • Mechanisms underlying the effects of MYH6 variants in Congenital Heart Disease —Michael Mitchell, MD, Aoy Mitchell, PhD, Sara Creighton, MD, Aron Geurts, PhD, John Lough, PhD, Jeanne James, MD, Robert Fitts, PhD, Jennifer Strande, MD, Pippa Simpson, PhD
  • Exploring endothelial restoration as a therapeutic target in the treatment of congenital bicuspid aortic valve disease — Joy Lincoln, PhD, Michaela Patterson, Michael Mitchell, MD
  • Herma Heart Institute Cardiovascular Repository Program for Personalized Medicine — Joy Lincoln, PhD, Michael Mitchell, MD, Aoy Tomita-Mitchell, PhD
  • Pulmonary arteriovenous malformations in univentricular congenital heart disease — Andrew Spearman, MD 

Herma Heart Institute quality improvement grants

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms Quality Improvement — Terri Konkel, RN, Dr. Cheryl Brosig, PhD, Pat Stoll, MSW, Leslie Scott, Laura Rohowetz, PNP, Katie Kogutkiewicz, RN, BSN, Michelle Peritz, RN, BSN, Sydney Allen MPH, David Saudek MD, Mike Mitchell MD
  • Improving Care through the Herma Heart Institute’s Clinical Informatics Data Portal — David Saudek, MD, Aaron Kinney, DBA, Julie Lavoie, MSN, RN, Angie Klemm, Stephanie Handler, MD, Nancy Rudd, APNP, Kathy Mussatto, PhD, RN, Francis Kim, MD, Sydney Allen, MPH, Nicholas Peterson
  • MI-SMART Plan Improvement Project for School-Aged Cardiac Patients — Kyle Landry, MS 

Herma Heart Institute Programmatic grants 

  • Cardiogenetics Program Support — Donald Basel, MD
  • Herma Heart Institute Tissue Repository — Precision Medicine Program 

Featured nationally-funded projects

Below are just a few of the many nationally-funded projects our team is leading: 

A better way to predict heart transplant rejection

  • We are leading a multi-center NIH-funded study that provides a more cost-effective and non-invasive alternative to biopsy testing. While the research continues and expands to include other organs, we are proud to offer this test to our heart transplant families. 

A new diagnostic tool for high-risk pregnancies

Exploring heart disease with NASA

  • We received a $1.8 million grant from NASA to define the relationship between radiation exposure and heart disease, and determine effective treatments to counteract the negative impacts of exposure.

Virtual health and 3D technology

The Stanford Virtual Heart

  • Developed by Lighthaus Inc. with the support of the Betty Irene Moore Children’s Heart Center at Stanford and Oculus VR, the Stanford Virtual Heart is a cutting-edge virtual reality education tool. The Herma Heart Institute is currently one of 20 pediatric hospitals with The Stanford Virtual Heart. Watch this video to learn how else we’re using the Stanford Virtual Heart at the Herma Heart Institute.

The Heart Summit

3D surgical encyclopedia

  • With the help of our 3D camera, we continue to grow our collection of recorded surgical procedures in a 3D format. These recordings will help enhance education and training for the next wave of providers at peer institutions across the world.

Interstage home monitoring app

Our congenital heart disease research labs

Read more about the congenital heart disease research underway at our dedicated research labs: