Donate to support congenital heart disease research

Help us uncover the causes of congenital heart disease and find ways to prevent it 

"One baby in 100 is born with a heart defect and they need life-saving surgery. I find it so amazing that we know so little about the most common type of birth defect in both Australia and around the world.” - Professor Sally Dunwoodie

No child should have to endure open heart surgery because they are born with a damaged heart. 

For Ollie (pictured) there was nothing that could be done to prevent the heart defects he was born with. 

But with research, we hope to prevent this heartache for more families. 

What congenital heart disease research is happening at the Institute?

The Institute’s laboratories are a hive of activity with multiple congenital heart disease research projects being run by our world-leading scientists. They are:

  • Developing diagnostic tools to determine women who might be at risk of having a baby born with a heart defect due to deficiency in a molecule called NAD. 
  • Determining unknown genetic causes of heart defects. In a staggering eight out of 10 cases, the cause is unknown. 
  • Investigating other causes of heart defects like gestational hypoxia (lack of adequate oxygen supply to the embryo) and iron deficiency during pregnancy.
  • Using cutting-edge stem cell technology to uncover crucial links in hypoplastic left heart patients, one of the most fatal heart defects. 

How you can help

These potentially life-saving research projects urgently require additional funding. Will you help us reach our 2021 goal of raising $238,000? 

You can help us get one step closer to preventing the heartbreak of congenital heart disease for families like Ollie’s. 

Make your tax-deductible donation via Paypal or credit card in the form below.