Children’s heart research Network to hold meeting in Clemson

April 12, 2012

An international research team studying methods to visualize and surgically treat congenital heart defects will hold a meeting in Clemson in May.

The Leducq Foundation Transatlantic Network in Multi-scale Modeling of Single Ventricle Hearts, will hold its annual meeting and grant review at the Madren Conference Center on the Clemson campus on May 4 and 5, 2012. The meeting will bring about thirty pediatric heart surgeons, cardiologists and engineers from five countries to Clemson to review progress and to map strategies for advancing clinical decision tools for treating this birth defect of the heart.

A Young Investigator poster forum is to be held from 1 to 3 PM on May 4 and will remain posted in the Conference Center lobby area for interested persons to view.

Clemson professor Richard Figliola, who will host the meeting, says that the Network research focuses on developing virtual surgical tools to predict the outcomes of reconstructive heart surgeries on patients. These surgeries require rerouting major blood-carrying vessels around the heart and no one patient is quite the same. The Network develops and uses fluid dynamic models that take advantage of three-dimensional clinical images and catheterization measurements taken within the individual patient to offer potential solutions to surgeons by predicting short- and long-term outcomes. The Network uses Clemson University computers to host its patient database and software tools.

The topic of research is funded by a $6M grant from the philanthropic Leducq Foundation, which is based in Paris, France. The research Network is led by Clemson University and the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children at the University College of London and includes teams from the University of California at San Diego, University of Michigan Medical Center, MUSC, Stanford University School of Medicine, Politecnico Milan, and INRIA – Paris.

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About the Leducq Foundation:

Jean Leducq was a French entrepreneur who built a large and successful business, in Europe and in the United States, involving the supply and care of linens and uniforms. In 1997, with his wife Sylviane, he created the Fondation Leducq, whose mission is to improve human health through international efforts to combat cardiovascular and neurovascular disease.

Media english pronunciation: Leducq = ‘li duke’