The Pediatric Heart Network (PHN) is a group of hospitals across the United States, Canada and other countries that conduct research in children with congenital heart disease (CHD) or pediatric acquired heart disease and adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD).
The PHN was created and funded in 2001 by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to improve outcomes and quality of life in children with heart disease. More recently the mission has expanded to include research in adults with congenital heart disease. The PHN supports doctors and nurses to design and carry out clinical research so that these populations can receive high-quality, evidence-based care.
The PHN is made up of clinical research hospitals, a Data Coordinating Center (NERI/HealthCore), and NHLBI/NIH. Participating hospitals with experienced research teams that specialize in the care of patients with heart disease were chosen to become part of the PHN. Auxiliary sites are brought on for specific studies, depending on enrollment and expertise needed.
Since 2001, the PHN has conducted 23 studies, including 12 clinical trials, with sample sizes ranging from 20-1250 participants
in individuals of all ages with congenital heart disease or pediatric acquired heart disease.
as the basis for improved evidence-based treatment options and standards of care.
during the conduct of excellent, ethical clinical research.
All PHN research centers do the same studies. This helps to increase the total number of patients available for each study. When studies need more patients, other skilled centers, called auxiliary sites, may be trained in one or more studies.
All of the centers carefully follow a study protocol and treat patients in similar ways so that the study results are accurate. Careful attention is given to How Studies are Created and Monitored when a study is being planned and done.
PHN nurses and doctors are skilled in the care of patients with heart disease and in the conduct of clinical studies. They have had special training in doing research in ways that help to protect patients in a study. They also have training in how to conduct the specific PHN studies and are sensitive to families with sick children. They can be a good resource for you as you decide whether to enroll yourself or your child in a research study.
We currently have active studies in CHD, ACHD and dyslipidemia of obesity with participants ranging from birth to young adults. PHN conducts Phase I, II and III clinical trials, observational studies, quality improvement studies, nursing research and houses a health services research core.
These articles describe the structure and tasks of the PHN:
W. Lai, Am Heart J 2011; 161:13-67.READ PUBLICATIONarrow_right_alt
J. Kaltman, Circulation 2010; 121:2766-72.READ PUBLICATIONarrow_right_alt
L. Mahony, Pediatr Cardiol 2006; 27:191-198.READ PUBLICATIONarrow_right_alt
For study results, view our complete publications list.
|Gail Pearson, MD, ScD||Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, NHLBI|
|Vicki Pemberton, RNC, MS, CCRC||Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, NHLBI|
|Kristin Burns, MD||Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, NHLBI|
|D'Andrea Egerson, RN||Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, NHLBI|
|Julie Miller, MPH, PMP||HealthCore|
|Felicia Trachtenberg, PhD||HealthCore|
|Allison Crosby-Thompson, MSc||HealthCore|
|Lynn Mahony, MD||University of Texas Southwestern|
|Daniel J. Penny, MD||Baylor Texas Children's Hospital|
|William Mahle, MD||Children's Healthcare of Atlanta|
|Jane Newburger, MD, MPH||Children's Hospital Boston|
|Roger Breitbart, MD||Children's Hospital Boston|
|Stephen Paridon, MD||Children's Hospital of Philadelphia|
|Brian McCrindle, MD, MPH||Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto|
|Steve Schwartz, MD||Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto|
|Seema Mital, MD||Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto|
|Andrew Atz, MD||Medical University of South Carolina|
|James Cnota, MD||Cincinnati Children's Hospital|
|Michelle Hamstra||Cincinnati Children's Hospital|
|R. Mark Payne, MD||Riley Children's Hospital|
|L. LuAnn Minich, MD||Primary Children's Hospital and the University of Utah|
|Richard Williams, MD||Primary Children's Hospital and the University of Utah|
|Martin Tristani-Firouzi, MD||Primary Children's Hospital and the University of Utah|
|Caren Goldberg, MD||University of Michigan|
|Mark Russell, MD||University of Michigan|