Avery Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research in Medical Treatment for Gastroschisis

Dario Fauza MD, PhD

Boston Children’s Hospital – Harvard Medical School 

Boston, Massachusetts

fauzaEarlier this year Boston Children’s Hospital ran an article on the research Dario Fauza MD, PhD, was doing on mesenchymal stem cells and gastroschisis repair. He has published two papers (one forthcoming) on Trans-Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy (TRASCET) and potential benefits for gastroschisis repair and treatment (please see citations below). As our community well knows, any efforts to improve outcomes for gastroschisis patients is critical for future patients and provides hope to many of those who have already and continue to endured the trials associated with gastroschisis.

Avery’s Angels Gastroschisis Foundation is committed not only to servicing our patients and families, but actively promoting research on epidemiology and improving outcomes for gastroschisis. Without question, we wanted to show Dr. Fauza and his team how much his contributions to our cause meant to so many and in our own small way encourage and commend his efforts. It was unanimous that we extend the Avery Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research in Medical Treatment for Gastroschisis to Dr. Fauza. His response only humbled us further:

“I am deeply honored to have been granted the Avery Award. I have the utmost respect for both the history and the work of the Avery’s Angels Gastroschisis Foundation and feel exceptionally privileged to receive its recognition as a partner in the endeavor to conquer gastroschisis.”

From the over 12,000 world-wide families Avery’s Angels serves and represents, we want to again commend Dr. Fauza and his team at Boston Children’s on their continued efforts to champion gastroschisis best-care and outcomes and their dedicated care to our families from across the globe. Thank you so much.

For more on Dr. Fauza’s research please see the following citations:

Trans-Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy (TRASCET) Mitigates Bowel Damage in a Model of Gastroschisis. Presented before the “Forty-sixth Annual Meeting of the American Pediatric Surgical Association”, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2015. Publication: J Pediatr Surg 51: 56-61, 2016

Trans-Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy (TRASCET) in a Leporine Model of Gastroschisis. Presented before the “Forty-seventh Annual Meeting of the American Pediatric Surgical Association”, San Diego, CA, 2016. Publication: J Pediatr Surg (in press)

https://vector.childrenshospital.org/2016/05/stem-cells-birth-defects-gastroschisis-treated-utero/