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Sofia’s Hope Pediatric Cardio-Oncology Research Program WINS the 20th Annual Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce NOVO Award

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Since 2016 Sofia's Hope has awarded its research grant to Dr, Steven Lipshultz, MD and his team.  Dr. Lipshultz is the world’s expert on pediatric cardio-oncology, who was the Chairman of Pediatrics at the University of Miami when Sofia was first diagnosed. Currently Dr. Lipshultz is a Conger Goodyear Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Our grant helps fund a Clinical Research Coordinator and, to date, has resulted in over a hundred activities: two (2) grant approvals, one (1) scientific session, fifty-nine (59) publications and thirty-nine (39) presentations (see below for links).  The coordinator also serves as managing editor of Cardio-Oncology, a Biomed Central journal dedicated to advancing the science and practice of this emerging field with Dr. Lipshultz as Editor-in-Chief.

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In November 2021, the results of an almost 20 year study, which Sofia's Hope helped fund, were published in the medical journal, Cancer, and it shows that dexrazoxane, which is given to pediatric cancer patients in order to curb the cardiotoxicity of a key chemotherapy drug, has no adverse impacts on these patients, even nearly 20 years later. These children have healthier hearts than those who didn't receive dexrazoxane, proving the drug's safety and efficacy!

​​Sofia's Hope co-sponsored the 1st International Pediatric Cardio-Oncology Conference with Cincinnati Children's, which took place on October 21-22, 2022 in Cincinnati.  To access videos of conference sessions, please click here.


Because there is always a need for knowledge, we are also offered an online lecture series. The first Pediatric Cardio-Onoclogy Webinar through Cincinnati Children's Heart University was held in December 2020, followed by webinars every 3- 4 months.  Click here for links to webinar recordings.

The following are some of the articles that Dr. Steven Lipshultz and his team have published.  Please click on each title below to read each article in its entirety:


Cardio- Oncology provides an international forum for communicating the latest research findings of this important field, filling a critical gap in science and clinical practice. In early 2020, Cardio-Oncology became the first and only journal in the world to be indexed in PubMed, and now we are pleased to announce Cardio-Oncology has been accepted for indexing in the Emerging Sources Citation Index. This means the journal has passed the rigorous evaluation required for a journal to be included in the indexes which provides a high visibility platform for the publication of original research and expert reviews on the cardiovascular effects of cancer treatment.

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