Are you a pregnant woman in your 3rd trimester whose unborn baby has been diagnosed with congenital heart disease (CHD)? If so, you and your baby may be able to participate in a research study to help understand brain development in children with CHD. Study involves MRI scans of your baby’s brain and monitoring of your child’s development. Compensation provided.
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is an abnormality of the heart’s structure that is present at birth. CHDs are the most common type of birth defect and can vary from mild to severe. The purpose of this study is to help researchers look at brain development in unborn babies diagnosed with CHD during pregnancy, and follow their progress as newborns. Researchers also want to know how CHD may affect milestones like crawling, walking, and talking.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
- In 3rd trimester of pregnancy
- Unborn child has been diagnosed with congenital heart disease (CHD)
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
Participation involves multiple visits and assessments over 6 years, including MRI scans of your unborn baby and again when he or she is a newborn. MRI scans are not invasive and do not use radiation. Researchers will also monitor your child’s development with testing and questionnaires over the course of 6 years.
IRB:STUDY20030213A - The Correlation of Neonatal Brain Imaging and Neurocognitive Assessment: A Fetal CHD Study
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Ashok Panigrahy, MD, is Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Panigraphy serves as the Radiologist-In-Chief for Pediatric Radiology at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where he also works as a member of the Brain Care Institute. Dr. Panigraphy specializes as a researcher in using different imaging techniques to evaluate the health and wellness of newborns and fetuses.