The department of paediatric cardiology at the Beatrix Children’s Hospital, University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG), one of the 4 licensed centres for the treatment of congenital heart diseases in The Netherlands, is an international centre of expertise on pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure in children.
The department is the national referral centre for children with pulmonary (arterial) hypertension. All Dutch children suspected to have pulmonary hypertension are referred to our centre for confirmation of diagnosis, initiation of therapy and standardized follow-up visits, in close collaboration with our network centres.
Our department conducts leading clinical, fundamental, and translational research in the field of pulmonary hypertension and congenital heart disease, such as tetralogy of Fallot, Fontan circulation and right heart failure. Our clinical research focuses on the improvement of diagnostic and imaging techniques, treatment strategies and survival of these patient groups.
A dynamical enthusiastic research group, comprising of multiple PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and international experts in the field of pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure, closely collaborates on multiple (international) research projects. The large international network of our research group provides opportunities to work together with researchers across the world.