Each year, the Mend a Heart Foundation selects one or more projects that support our mission of extending and enriching the lives of children born with congenital heart defects.

For grant consideration in 2016, please submit a grant application no later than Sept. 30, 2015. The Mend a Heart Foundation will acknowledge receipt of proposals and will notify applicants of grant proposal status. Click here to download a 2016 grant application.


2015 Recipients

Brigham and Women’s Hospital Boston
Dr. Cynthia Ortinau, Primary Investigator
Research Project: Understanding Fetal Brain Development in Critical Congenital Heart Disease
Amount funded $32,948 (Year 1) and $21,414 (Year 2)
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Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Dr. Conrad L Epting, Primary Investigator
Research Project: Unraveling Pediatric Heart Failure and the Stem Cell Compartment
Amount funded: $22,000
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Seattle Children’s Heart Center
Dr. Stephen Seslar and Dr. Charles Murry, Primary Investigators
Research Project: Stem Cell Therapy to Treat Heart Rhythm Problems in Patients with Congenital Heart Disease: Initial Evaluation in a Canine Model
Amount funded: $36,447
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Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Delaware
Dr. Erica Sood, Primary Investigator
Amount funded: $7,880
Research Project: Incorporating parent perspectives in the development of a family-based psychosocial intervention in a pediatric cardiac center
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Camp Odayim
Sara Meslow, Executive Director
Stillwater, MN
Amount funded: $25,000 to help fund the cost of sending heart families from the Midwest to Camp Odayin’s Family Camp in the fall of 2015, held at Camp Wunderland near Lake Geneva
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Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Michael E. Mitchell, Primary Investigator
Milwaukee, WI
Research Project: Non-Invasive Indicator of Fetal Well Being for Unborn Infants with Congenital Heart Disease
Amount funded: $40,000 (Year 1)
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Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Dr. Delaney and Dr. Mussatto, Primary Investigators
Milwaukee, WI
Research Project: FEED ME Study
Amount funded: $20,117
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Young Hearts For Life
Dr. Joseph Marek
Downers Grove, IL
Funding granted: $24,000 for the purchase of digital EKG machines to be used in cardiac screenings of high school children in the western suburbs of Illinois.

Camp Odayin
Sara Meslow, Executive Director
Stillwater, MN

Funding granted: $20,000

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Medical University of South Carolina

Shahryar Chowdhury, MD, Primary Investigator
Charleston, SC
Research Project: Validation of Non-Invasive Measures of Contractility in the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Population
Amount funded: $15,000
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ut this project.

 

Camp Odayin

Sara Meslow, Executive Director

Stillwater, MN
Funding granted: $16,000
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Children's Hospital of Boston Harvard Medical School

Jane Newburger, MD, Primary Investigator

Boston, MA
Research Project: International Study of Neurodevelopmental Outcomes Following Cardiac Surgery in Neonates and Infants
Amount funded in Year 1 of study: $17,500
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Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

David Hehir, MD, Primary Investigator

Herma Heart Center Milwaukee, WI
Research project: Correlation of Cerebral Near-Infrared Spectroscopy with Serum Biomarkers of Brain Injury in Infants after Cardiac Surgery
Amount funded in Year 2 of study: $9,714
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Camp Odayin

Sara Meslow, Executive Director

Stillwater, MN
Funding granted: $7,500
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University of Utah

Shaji Menon, MD, Primary Investigator

Division of Pediatrics
Salt Lake City, UT
Research project: Effect of Sildenafil on Exercise Capacity in Pediatric Fontan Patients
Amount funded: $24,106
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Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

David Hehir, MD, Primary Investigator

Herma Heart Center
Milwaukee, WI
Research project: Correlation of Cerebral Near-Infrared Spectroscopy with Serum
Biomarkers of Brain Injury in Infants after Cardiac Surgery
Amount funded in Year 1 of study: $20,000
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Camp Odayin

Sara Meslow, Executive Director

Stillwater, MN
Funding granted: $5,000
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for more information about this project.

Camp Odayin

Sara Meslow, Executive Director

Stillwater, MN
Funding granted: $15,000
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for more information about this project.

Dr. Charles E. Murry

University of Washington

Induction of Cardiac Differentiation from IPS Cells
Funding granted: $37,500

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Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Dr. Nancy Ghanayem
Herma Heart Center
Milwaukee, WI
Research project: Long-term neurological outcomes of children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome
Funding granted: $20,000