Exploring the environmental and genetic etiologies of congenital heart defects: the Wisconsin Pediatric Cardiac Registry.

Susan E. Harris, Christine Cronk, Laura D. Cassidy, Pippa Simpson, Aoy Tomita-Mitchell, Andrew N Pelech

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The Wisconsin Pediatric Cardiac Registry (WPCR) collects information on infants born in the state of Wisconsin with structural congenital heart disease (CHD). The WPCR actively ascertains CHD cases in the state of Wisconsin. Cases must be conceived and born in Wisconsin after January 1, 2000. Once ascertained, subjects are approached to participate in genetic sampling and completion of a questionnaire that assesses family history of CHD, maternal health, and environmental exposures before pregnancy and during the first trimester. In 2009, the WPCR underwent a transition to a new database and from a paper questionnaire to a Web-based questionnaire. The WPCR has screened over 5,100 children and has ascertained 4,919 cases of CHD in the state of Wisconsin during the years 2000 to 2009. During this interval, 1,982 completed questionnaires and 1,062 DNA samples have been obtained from consented subjects. Another 1,774 DNA samples have been obtained from blood relatives of CHD subjects. The WPCR operates as a specialized resource of genetic and environmental information on children with CHD for researchers focusing on the multifactorial causes of CHD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-29
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of registry management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes


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