The Fornwalt Lab (www.fornwaltlab.com) aims to use both echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in children with heart disease to improve clinical practice. We are particularly interested in understanding normal patterns of contraction in the heart, how these patterns are different in children with heart failure, and what treatments can be provided in order to correct abnormal contraction. We are also using MRI to explore the cardiovascular effects of obesity in both animal models and children.
|National Institutes of Health Director's Early Independence Award||Use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to comprehensively investigate the role of cardiac dyssynchrony in patients with tetralogy of Fallot. See press release.||Brandon Fornwalt, MD, PhD|
|Pilot project from the NIH (Grants 5P20RR021954-05 and 8P20GM103527-05) Center of Research in Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease||Develop and validate techniques using magnetic resonance imaging to understand the cardiovascular effects of obesity in mouse models||Brandon Fornwalt, MD, PhD|
|Friends Research Fund, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta||To determine the best method for diagnosing left ventricular dyssynchrony in children||Brandon Fornwalt, MD, PhD|
|Children's Miracle Network, University of Kentucky||To determine the best method for diagnosing left ventricular dyssynchrony in children||Brandon Fornwalt, MD, PhD|
|Children's Miracle Network, University of Kentucky||To integrate cellular-level data into age-specific computational models that predict global measures of ventricular function in young rats||Kenneth Campbell, PhD|
|Faculty Startup Funds, University of Kentucky||Create an independent research program which uses cardiovascular imaging in children with heart disease to help understand physiology and inform clinical decisions||Brandon Fornwalt, MD, PhD|