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Cynthia Bearer MD, PhD, is the Mary Gray Cobey Professor of Neonatology with tenure, as well as the Chief of Neonatology and Associate Chair for Research, Department of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine. She serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Pediatric Research.

In this interview, she discusses neonatology research at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital and how NICU redesigned its space to improve neonatal development.

Dr. Bearer explains the reach of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), as well as FAS spectrum disorder, which can occur from use of everyday products. She also describes the renovated individual NICU rooms for each infant and family that create a more comfortable surrounding than the standard open NICU environment. This individualized environment will "enhance our doing research so that we can control the environment of every single baby in that NICU," says Dr. Bearer.

Take a virtual tour of the Drs. Rouben and Violet Jiji Neonatal Intensive Care Unit