Department of Pediatrics Research Program Overview
The Department of Pediatrics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is committed to improving the lives of infants, children, and their families through clinical and translational research as well as basic science investigation to advance care for these most vulnerable patients. We conduct research in both laboratories and clinical spaces, including the newborn nursery, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and Center for Child Development. Investigators in the Department have a broad range of interests, including the following major areas of focus:
Neonatal Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, and Integrated Biology
Several laboratories carry out basic and translational science related to pulmonary and cardiac disorders, including bronchopulmonary dysplasia, neonatal sepsis, and pulmonary hypertension.
Work by this group of investigators encompasses multimodal monitoring of the newborn brain, assessing and optimizing early neurosensory exposures, neuroprotective strategies and therapies, imaging the fetal and newborn brain, and assessing neurodevelopmental outcomes in high-risk infants throughout early childhood.
Investigators in this group focus on the psychosocial experiences of families, including the assessment of psychosocial risk and protective factors that affect both parent mental health and child developmental outcomes.
This program focuses on investigation and implementation of genomic approaches to diagnosis and screening of genetic disorders in the newborn with a goal to integrate genomic information into newborn care for the optimization of therapy and outcome.
Arindam (Andy) Bhattacharjee, PhD (Senior Investigator and Lab Director)
Investigators in this group lead studies investigating how maternal and infant diet impact subsequent health and developmental outcomes of the newborn, infant, and child. This group has major interests in obesity during pregnancy and lactation, the composition of human milk and breastfeeding, diet-based interventions, and nutritional assessment.