Pediatric Newborn Medicine Research Areas of Focus

Investigators in the Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine faculty have a broad range of research interests. There are, however, a few areas of concentrated research interest, including: cardiovascular, pulmonary, and integrated biology; developmental neuroscience; global newborn health; newborn genomic medicine; and nutrition for mothers and infants.

Neonatal Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, and Integrated Biology

Led by Mark Perella, MD, this research encompasses several laboratories focused on basic and translational scientific discoveries concerning pulmonary and cardiac disorders, including bronchopulmonary dysplasia and pulmonary hypertension. Learn more about Neonatal Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, and Integrated Biology research.

Pediatric, Newborn and Fetal Developmental Neuroscience

The group of investigators are led by Terrie Inder, MBChB, MD. Their work encompasses studies primarily related to three areas: monitoring the newborn brain, imaging the fetal and newborn brain, and infant and child health neurodevelopmental outcomes. Learn more about Pediatric, Newborn and Fetal Developmental Neuroscience research.

Global Newborn Health

Dr. Anne (CC) S. Lee leads efforts to study and improve health in under-resourced international settings. Currently, Dr. Lee and her team conduct study interventions intended to find ways to reduce preterm birth, predict complications such as fetal growth restriction, and improve outcomes of jaundiced infants. Learn more about the Global Newborn Health Lab.

Newborn Genomic Medicine

Dr. Richard Parad is site investigator for the multi-center BabySeq project led by Drs. Robert Green and Alan Beggs that sequences more than 500 genes associated with serious disorders in the newborn period on a few drops of blood from babies enrolled in the study. Plans are underway to expand this genomic research endeavor through collaborations with investigators at neighboring Harvard-affiliated hospitals. Learn more about Newborn Genomic Medicine.

Nutrition for Mothers and Infants

Drs. Mandy Brown Belfort and Sarbattama Sen each lead teams investigating the influence on maternal and/or infant nutritional intake and status on subsequent health outcomes of the newborn, growing infant, and child. Learn more about Nutrition for Mothers and Infants research.

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