Ongoing neonatology research at Children's Colorado
Our doctors and researchers conduct basic science, clinical and medical education research in Colorado, throughout the United States and around the world. Their work focuses on:
- Interventions to prevent premature delivery
- Improved care and outcomes for neonates
- Reducing complications in the youngest babies
Basic science research
The Section 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 focuses on:
- Understanding the processes involved in fetal growth and development and the mechanisms that regulate growth and development under normal and pathological conditions
- Interrogating the role of the placenta in regulating normal fetal growth and the mechanisms by which complications of pregnancy adversely impact placental function
- Examining the factors that influence normal pulmonary development and the role of inflammation and oxygen toxicity in producing pulmonary disease
- Determining the differential response to injury in the newborn brain compared to the adult brain
The clinical researchers in our department seek to continually improve the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of neonates. Our ongoing clinical research includes:
- 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
- Determining the complexity and impact of perinatal exposure to THC and other substances of abuse on newborn outcomes
- Creating and testing innovations in the care of patients with congenital diaphragmatic hernias and other patients requiring inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) and/or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
- Working with large patient databases from similar children’s hospitals across the country to determine best clinical practices for a variety of conditions
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 and 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.
- Tom Parker, MD, and Doug Jones, MD, have created a series of neonatology-specific clinical scenarios with behavioral anchors called Entrustable Professional Activities. These scenarios are valuable tools for framing performance assessment and feedback for our fellows.
What our neonatal research means for babies
The research that our physician-scientists conduct in the Section of Neonatology directly informs care in the Level IV NICU. Ongoing research efforts enable us to provide the highest level of care for any condition that may affect a newborn – no matter how rare or critical.
Our outcomes remain above the standard, even as the complexity and acuity of our patients increase.
Contact us at 303-724-2840.