CaNVAS Research

Our Research Objectives

  • To develop and execute collaborative, interdisciplinary, clinically related research that will improve clinical care and outcomes of patients with vascular anomalies.
  • To develop consensus and evidence-based standards to aid in protocol development.
  • To develop and support funding opportunities for treatment protocols.
  • To expand CaNVAS research to include prospective translational trials related to new drug development for patients with vascular anomalies.

Research Highlights

CaNVAS members are leading clinical trials and research projects nationwide. Highights include:

  • COVID-19 Registry - Working collaboratively with the vascular anomalies community worldwide, researchers hope to quickly characterize the impact of COVID-19 on patients with vascular anomalies and understand the impact of risk factors such as genotype, prior vascular anomaly complications, or vascular anomaly disease-related medications, on health outcomes.
  • Team LULABI - Complex lymphatic anomalies (CLA) with bony involvement consist of spectrum of complex vascular anomalies characterized by osteolysis due to intraosseous proliferation of angiomatous structures and lymphatic malformations, resulting in progressive resorption and destruction of bone. A steering committee was assembled to develop the first multidisciplinary, prospective study documenting the natural history and outcome of children with CLAs with bone involvement. Combining the expertise and resources of subspecialists throughout North America, we propose to collect clinical, laboratory, radiographic, and quality of life data on these patients undergoing supportive care and standard-of-care interventional therapies.
  • Anticoagulation Effects on Quality of Life in Patients with Slow-Flow Vascular Malformations - Patients with certain vascular malformations can undergo clotting, bleeding, nerve pain, and decreased quality of life. Therefore, we want to explore how blood thinners (as part of their standard of care) can affect a patient's quality of life. We will monitor patients for up to 12 weeks and evaluate their quality of life through the PedQL validated survey. By doing this study, we hope to learn more about how and which patients could benefit from the treatment of blood thinners for their vascular malformation.