The CHD Study

The CHD arm of CARE for Kids is part of the Pediatric Cardiac Genomics Consortium (PCGC). Nationally, our CHD study is referred to as the Congenital Heart Disease GEnetic NEtwork Study (CHD-GENES). This study began in 2009 with the goal to improve the health and quality of life of people with CHD. Multiple medical centers are enrolling individuals and families with CHD. The PCGC is funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

What is CHD?

About 1 in 100 babies are born with a structural change in their heart which is called a congenital heart defect. You can learn more about different types of CHD by visiting the American Heart Association website.

What We’ve Learned

Through our study CHD-GENES, the CHD branch of CARE for Kids, we have expanded our understanding of the genetic causes of heart defects. Here’s a list of publications that have come out of the CHD study.

What’s Next?

Click on one of the three links below or email us with any questions at

%d bloggers like this: