Dr. Kathleen Simpson of Washington University in St. Louis, MO

Awarded grant in 2010

Autoimmunity in Pediatric Myocarditis: A Pilot Study

Dr. Kathleen Simpson of Washington University in St. Louis, MO

“The relationship of autoimmunity in the pathophysiology and outcomes of pediatric myocarditis is unknown. Through the collaboration of regional pediatric hospitals encompassing the states of Missouri, Oklahoma, and Nebraska, we plan to determine the relationship of autoimmunity to outcomes in previously and newly diagnosed pediatric myocarditis. In addition, we will use MRI of the heart to determine specific findings in children and the role of MRI in disease progression and prognosis for children with myocarditis. Improving the understanding of patient immune reaction in myocarditis may lead to improvement in prognosis and treatment in children.”