Investigator Award Leads to National Funding

University of Arizona pediatric critical care physician-scientist Katri Typpo, MD, was awarded a four-year, $740,000, K23 “Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development” grant, by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to improve the health of infants and children with congenital heart disease (CHD). These patients often suffer organ failure after heart-repair surgery.
Dr. Typpo, assistant professor,UA Department of Pediatrics and the UA Steele Children’s Research Center at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, learned during a pilot study that earlier delivery of nutrition results in better gut barrier function in children with CHD. Dr. Typpo received a Sarver Heart Center William “Billy” Gieszl Award to fund the pilot study which resulted in the preliminary data supporting her K23 application. “The KIND (Kids Intestinal Dysfunction in Congenital Heart Disease) Heart Study” is a multicenter research project.