Enduring Hearts is a non-profit charity that awards operating grants to established members of academic staff at universities, transplant centers and research institutes for research projects in organ transplantation. We fund research to increase the longevity of organ transplants, with a priority towards pediatric transplant recipients and a preference of research that benefits vital organs such as the heart.
Enduring Hearts approves two additional research grants:
Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto: Enduring Hearts is funding $35,000 to complete their $50,000 research grant towards "Immunogenetic Markers of Extreme Clinical Phenotypes of Post-Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder: A Pilot Project - The study addresses immune related markers that could serve as novel targets for assays aimed at identifying patients who are at greatest risk of poor outcomes from Epstein Barr virus-related post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder."
Emory University School of Medicine: Enduring Hearts is funding $25,000 to complete their $25,000 research grant for a collaborative research effort between Duke and Emory towards "Prevention of Homograft Induced Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy in Pediatric Heart Transplantation - Evaluating the post heart transplant humoral response with MHC matching/mismatching homograft and possible interventions."
Update on Enduring Hearts’ first research grant of approximately $25,000 to Emory University & Children's Healthcare of Atlanta: Dr. Shriprasad Deshpande will be attending the 2015 International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) Conference and oral presentation in Nice, France of the accepted abstract from this research titled ‘Is Chimerism in Cardiac Transplant Allografts an Indicator of Decreased Longevity? Utilizing Quantitative Real Time PCR in Pediatric Patients.’ The research will take a look at the Chimerism of Cardiac Myocytes in a Transplanted Heart with a focus on assessing the participation of host (recipient) in the caridac regenerative process of the transplanted heart by qualifying the degree of chimerism.
By Michael Prince, Photographer
Through my camera’s lens, I’ve seen a little bit of everything. I’ve worked in China, India, Africa, South America and Europe. I’ve photographed an auto factory in Argentina, a rice paddy in India, a waterfall in Costa Rica and a malaria clinic in Zambia. I’ve taken pictures of Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Oprah and, yes, Justin Beiber.
But by far the most intense and emotionally challenging project I’ve ever done was the 19 days I spent at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta….
Imagine the parents, the family, and the friends of a 3 year old child having just received a heart transplant being faced with a 1 in 4 chance of requiring another heart transplant within 5 years. No child, parent, family or friend should have to face such a harsh reality!
Research is ongoing to develop technology and medicine that will help improve these odds.
The mission of Enduring Hearts is to enhance lives by funding research to increase the longevity of pediatric organ transplants, with preference toward vital organs such as the heart. The results of the funded research projects contribute to the knowledge about many important aspects of clinical and scientific transplantation, e.g. the mechanisms of long-term organ deterioration, the consequence of tissue injury and the emerging opportunities to intervene in these processes.
5 years after a heart transplant:
(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration)
As of May 8, 2015, there were 4,208 candidates on the waiting list for a heart. 150 of those are waiting for a repeat transplant. Additionally, there were 123,050 candidates on waiting lists for a vital (solid) organ. 14,974 of those are waiting for a repeat transplant.
Your financial gift will support “Enhancing lives and increasing the longevity of heart transplants“
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3600 Dallas Hwy, Suite 230
Marietta, GA 30064