Category Archive: Division of Neonatology

May 16 2018

Celebrating the Research Legacies of Drs. Barbara Schmidt and Haresh Kirpalani

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The Division of Neonatology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia celebrated the remarkable research careers and retirement of two pioneers in neonatal research and medicine, Barbara Schmidt, MD, and Haresh Kirpalani, MD, with a clinical research symposium May 9 and 10. Held at the Union League of Philadelphia, the event brought together the world’s leading experts in neonatal research and evidence-based medicine, many of whom have worked closely with Drs. Schmidt and Kirpalani as trainees, co-authors, and colleagues in the last few decades.

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Sep 14 2017

Neonatal Research for Future Families: Research Hero Clay Maresca Gives Back

Editor’s Note: This occasional blog series features stories of CHOP research heroes who have participated in clinical research studies. Without the generosity and dedication of families, patients, and members of the public who take the time to be a part of research, many trials would not succeed.

Meet Clay Maresca: The happy, healthy 2 ½-year-old loves to wear hats (which mom, Amy, loves to buy for him), play with balls, and has a throwing arm so strong it surprises everyone he meets.

But Clay didn’t begin life with the physical strength he wows people with today. When he was just a 25-weeks-and-3-day-old fetus, Amy’s uterus ruptured, and she and her husband, Rob, were faced with the possibility that Clay would be born premature. Placed in a frightening situation, Amy and Rob decided to transfer to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Newborn Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. They wanted to take advantage of CHOP’s rich research background – faced with the potential that their baby would need special care and attention.

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Sep 12 2017

Driving Evidence-Based Neonatology Forward: A Q&A With Barbara Schmidt, MD

As a student at McMaster University in Canada, Barbara Schmidt, MD, attending neonatologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and director of Clinical Research, Neonatology at Penn Medicine, met William A. Silverman, MD, for the first time. Known as the father of neonatal intensive care, Dr. Silverman had given a talk that inspired Dr. Schmidt in its rigorous and questioning approach to newborn research and care: Both Dr. Silverman and Dr. Schmidt believed that nothing but the sharpest evidence should back the decisions we make when treating sick infants. Though she didn’t know it at the time, decades later, Dr. Schmidt would give a lecture on the same subject – one that, in fact, was in Dr. Silverman’s honor.

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May 23 2017

Do the Effects of Neonatal Caffeine Therapy Persist in Middle School?

Caffeine therapy can help premature babies breathe stronger and sooner on their own. When a group of caffeine-treated premature babies reached middle school, the therapy appeared to reduce their risk of motor impairment – building on earlier follow-ups that show the treatment’s safety, efficacy, and developmental benefits for the babies at one-and-a-half years old.

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May 19 2017

Sports Medicine Research Award, Concussion Research Collaboration, Stephan Grupp, PAS Meeting, Type 1.5 Diabetes

CHOP Research In the NewsOur latest research news roundup carries a hint of summer and exciting new beginnings.

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May 2 2017

Getting Into a California State of Mind: PAS Meeting Preview

PAS MeetingIf you’re eager to learn and a creator of change — which pretty much covers everyone here at the Research Institute — then you’ll want to know about what’s happening at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting (PAS), the largest international meeting focusing on research in child health.

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Mar 3 2017

New ESPR President Looks Forward to Engaging Young Researchers at Annual Meeting

Jason StollerWhen young research trainees come to Jason Stoller, MD, for a little guidance, he often tells them that to be successful, you must surround yourself with other successful people who are passionate about pursuing similar research interests.

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Aug 30 2016

Investigators Put Their Studies Into Drive With CPCE Pilot Grants

CPCEThe CPCE Pilot Grant Program offers funding opportunities twice a year to CHOP investigators conducting clinical effectiveness studies. The recipient of the Fall 2015 Pilot Grant Award was Nicolas Bamat, MD, and the two recipients of the Spring 2016 award were Sagori Mukhopadhyay, MD, MMSc, and David I. Chu, MD.

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Jun 23 2015

No Difference in Outcomes for Premature Infants Enrolled in RCTs

premature infantsMany families of premature infants quickly become familiar with a powerful research tool called a randomized clinical trial (RCT). Neonatologists may invite them to participate in RCTs, as they investigate ways to help prevent, treat, and manage the myriad complications that can occur when these babies’ organs are not ready for life outside their mothers’ wombs.

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May 7 2015

Study Team Uses Virtual Visits to Help Families Transition to Home

virtual visitsA pilot quality improvement project underway at CHOP aims to reduce the emotional and operational stress on families returning home by conducting virtual visits via video chat on mobile devices a few days after children are discharged.

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