Children's Hospital Colorado

Research in the Department of Neonatology

Better outcomes, improved care and an enhanced quality of life – these are the goals of the research conducted by our Department of Neonatology at Children's Hospital Colorado.

Our team strives to elevate care for the smallest, most vulnerable patients. We continue to innovate, regularly ushering in new discoveries, practices and techniques from the lab to the bedside.

Dr. Dempsey talking with a pregnant mother.
Research article

Fetal diagnoses are stressful, and the stress can affect the baby. Our psychologist is working to improve outcomes by teaching mothers how to breathe.

Our neonatology advancements

With a focus on each child's long-term quality of life, our physicians in the Section of Neonatology develop new therapies and innovate treatments for complex neonates.

The neonatal doctors at our Level IV NICU have had a hand in developing several standard NICU treatments and, in many cases, were the first in the world to use these therapies.

Here at the Section of Neonatology and the Perinatal Research Center, we've played an integral role in neonatology advancements, serving as:

"Our goal is to help mothers make informed decisions about their own health."
Erica Wymore, MD

Ongoing neonatology research at Children's Colorado

Our doctors and researchers conduct basic science, clinical and medical education research, and lead research efforts and initiatives in:

  • Public health
  • Public policy
  • Advocacy
  • Quality improvement

Basic science research

Our Department of Neonatology's basic science research is the foundation for the application of new therapies and approaches to care for neonates and infants in the NICU. Our ongoing basic science research:

  • Aims to better understand the processes involved in fetal growth and development and the mechanisms that regulate growth and development under normal and pathological conditions
  • Examines the factors that influence normal pulmonary development and the role of inflammation and oxygen toxicity in producing pulmonary vascular injury

Clinical research

The clinical researchers at Children's Colorado seek to continually improve the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of neonates. Ongoing clinical research includes:

  • Research efforts aimed at improving neonatal resuscitation practices
  • Clinical trials for assisted ventilation during delayed cord clamping for extremely preterm infants and infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia

Neonatology research across pediatric medicine

While our basic science and clinical research programs continue to lead to advancements in the neonatal care for premature and medically complex infants, our research extends beyond the bench and bedside:

  • Susan Niermeyer, MD, works to improve birth outcomes in developing countries through the Healthy Babies Breathe initiative.
  • Sunah Hwang, MD, focuses on understanding and improving racial/ethnic disparities in maternal health and infant outcomes at state and national levels.
  • Jeanne Zenge, MD, addresses regional disparities among infants and families who live in urban and rural areas through telemedicine initiatives.
  • Jason Wright, MD, works with state legislators to improve access to newborn screening across Colorado.

What our neonatal medicine research means for babies

The research that the physician-scientists conduct in our Department of Neonatology means our Level IV NICU is able to provide the highest level of care for any condition that may affect a newborn – no matter how rare or critical.

It means that our outcomes remain above the standard, even as the complexity and acuity of our patients increase.

Our neonatal medicine research aims to create a future where there are:

  • Interventions to prevent premature delivery
  • The highest quality care for neonates
  • Improved outcomes for all types of neonatal conditions
  • The prevention of complications

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