pediatric cardiac surgical research
Biomaterials for pediatric cardiovascular surgical reconstructions
Polymer-tissue biohybrids as cardiovascular tissue replacements: Surgeons need materials to replace diseased tissue and reconstruct the organ at the time of surgery. Currently the biomaterials used as cardiovascular replacements are passive, cytotoxic and calcify over time. We are developing a new technique to process biomaterials for use in cardiovascular applications, using a hybrid process that uses polymers with native tissue.
Funding: Carlyle Fraser Heart Center
Mitral valve repair in congenital atrioventricular canal defects
Optimizing valve repair in congenital heart defects: Atrioventricular canal defects often present with severely deformed and misshapen common atrioventricular valves, which require careful repair and reconstruction. Success with reconstructing the septal defects in this situation are high, but durable repair of the cleft mitral valve still remains a challenge. Our laboratory is interested in designing new techniques for congenital mitral valve repair, using strategies that consider for growth of the patient, and can still remain durable.
unding: Carlyle Fraser Heart Center