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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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 Dexrazoxane WORKS!

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 has also committed to co-sponsoring the 1st International Pediatric Cardio-Oncology Conference with Cincinnati Children's, and is proud to announce that it has been scheduled for October 21-22, 2022.  For more information please click here.


Because there is a real need for the knowledge, TODAY, we are also offering an online lecture series. The first Pediatric Cardio-Onoclogy Webinar through Cincinnati Children's Heart University was held in December 2020, followed by the second in April 2021. We had 270 attendees!  Webinars are scheduled for every 3- 4 months leading up to the 2022 meeting, allowing for even newer and more cutting edge content to be covered at the in-person meeting.  Click here for links to webinar recordings.


"The agenda of the webinar was very attractive. The speakers provided succinct presentations with clarity and high level of

expertise. I definitely learned and recommended this webinar to my colleagues.”

 –Dr. Hugo Martinez, St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

Sofia's Hope is proud of what our research grants have helped Dr. Lipshultz' team accomplish and continue to do in the world of pediatric cardio-oncology.  We strongly believe we are making a difference and fulfilling our mission of fighting childhood cancer with hope. 


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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