The Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) is committed to improving outcomes and quality of life for children with all forms of cardiomyopathy. CCF's research initiatives on pediatric cardiomyopathy are focused on advancing medical knowledge, standardizing diagnostic and treatment guidelines, and developing targeted therapies.

State of Research

Research has shown that outcomes in pediatric cardiomyopathy are specific to its cause. It remains unclear how certain genes, genetic modifiers, double mutations, or disease associated variants play a role in pediatric cardiomyopathy. Developing new therapies will depend on identifying novel disease-causing genetic mutations and understanding which variables control disease manifestation and progression in children.

The long-term goal will be to develop an affordable pediatric DNA testing panel that can accurately screen children at risk of cardiomyopathy. This can lead to earlier identification, intervention, and preventative therapies to reduce disease occurrence and mortality rate.

Research Initiatives

CCF works with leading researchers, medical institutions, and industry partners to support a number of research initiatives focused on pediatric cardiomyopathy and heart failure.

  • Pediatric cardiomyopathy research scholar award
  • Research grant programs with the American Heart Association and American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Registry multi-center studies
  • Recognition of top cardiomyopathy centers of care
  • International Scientific Conference on Cardiomyopathy in Children
  • Sponsorship of medical conferences, working groups, and think tanks
  • Patient recruitment for pediatric heart failure and cardiomyopathy-related studies

CCF actively reaches out to different entities to advance the science and encourage collaboration across different research groups.

  • Federal agencies
  • Pharmaceutical and biotech companies
  • Pediatric and cardiac societies
  • Leading academic medical centers and children’s hospitals

The Foundation also assists in disseminating research opportunities and study findings to patients and physicians.