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Congenital Heart Disease

Predictive Cerebral Markers of Cognitive and Motor Deficits in Children with Congenital Heart Disease

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common congenital anomaly in newborns and is often accompanied by neurodevelopmental delays. The presence of neurological damage also appears to be more frequent and is associated with impaired development of brain connections.

The objective of this project is to study the brain connections in infants with CHD and their associations with cognitive development. To do so, we conduct NIRS recordings in infants with CHD and healthy infants at 4, 24 and 42 months of age. We then compare the two groups in terms of brain connections and determine whether the 4-month connections can predict cognitive and language development in early childhood.

This project may lead to early identification of children at risk of developing cognitive deficits, which would allow for the refinement of early intervention strategies for children with CHD.

This project is funded by the Quebec Bio-Imaging Network (RBIQ) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

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Impact of Early Intervention on Cognitive and Motor Development of Children with Congenital Heart Disease

Since its opening in 2013, the Neuro-Cardiac Investigation Clinic (CINC) at CHU Sainte-Justine has been conducting multidisciplinary follow-up and evaluations during the first years of life of children who have undergone cardiac surgery. Our goal is to reduce the neurodevelopmental delays that usually accompany CHD through early interventions provided by health professionals.

The objective of this project is to assess the effects of early clinical interventions on motor and cognitive development. To do so, we compare, at three and a half years of age, the motor and cognitive skills of children with CHD who have and who have not benefited from this type of intervention as part of multidisciplinary follow-up at the CINC from 4 months of age onward.

This project will determine the impact of these systematic early follow-ups on the development of children with CHD and will also improve knowledge about neurodevelopment and possible treatments.

This project is funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Recruitment for this project is handled by CHU Sainte-Justine.