Children are at heart for investigator funded by VCU Wright Center’s pilot imaging grant
The Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU spoke to Virginia Commonwealth University researcher Uyen Truong, M.D., about her research into pediatric pulmonary hypertension.
Last year, Truong received a VCU Wright Center Pilot Imaging Fund award, supported by the National Institutes of Health, for her project titled “The impact of bariatric surgery on adolescent cardiovascular function.”
The fund supports pilot work that uses the Wright Center’s research-dedicated MRI.
The goal of this study is to show that MRI is a safe and accurate method to assess the cardiovascular function of children with pulmonary hypertension. Success in this study has the potential of shifting the paradigm of pediatric pulmonary arterial hypertension care towards a safer, non-invasive monitoring modality and significantly improving quality of life in children with pulmonary hypertension.