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Paediatric Cardiac Research Team

Where

Room 208 King David Building (across bridge on level 5 of Bristol Royal Hospital for Children)

Who

Research Lead:  Manuela Antognozzi

Research Sister: Karen Sheehan

What

We deliver cardiac research within the Children's Hospital.   We are based in the children's hospital and can often be seen on ward 32, PICU, outpatients and theatres.  We work on a variety of cardiac clinical trials, ranging from observational studies to randomised control trials (RCTs) in both cardiac surgery and cardiology. 

We screen patients to determine if they're eligible to take part in a study, discuss the studies with the children and families and, if they are interested, take consent/assent.  We follow patients over a the length of the study, whether that's for the duration of their inpatient surgical stay or up to 5 years for some of our drugs trials.  We book appointments, tests, make follow up calls, take samples, collect data or whatever the study requires.  We also act as clinical experts helping to design studies, identifying logistical problems and solutions, numbers of potential patients available depending on eligibility of the study, practical issues around delivering the studies as well as educating the clinical teams involved in new studies.