Innovative NICU Research at UMCH to Reduce Environmental Harm to Neonates
At the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital (UMCH), the Neonatology Division maintains the 52-bed Drs. Rouben and Violet Jiji Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment for all critically ill neonates, including extremely low birth-weight infants and those with surgical, genetic and cardiac conditions.
Physicians at UMCH, including Cynthia F. Bearer, MD, PhD, FAAP, Dina E. El-Metwally, MD, BCh, PhD and Shiv S. Kapoor, MD, MBBS, are discovering factors that are harmful in common NICU practices and will put implement new protocols and guidelines to reduce or eliminate harmful exposures.
The team is conducting several studies to investigate current NICU environments and the neurodevelopmental impact on patients. The team’s research focuses on current patient exposures and determining their neurological advantage or harm to neonates. Current areas of focus include:
- Lead exposure and donor blood
- Dissolving pills in ethanol, propylene glycol or benzyl alcohol
- Music for improving the brain maturation in a baby
- Air quality of the isolettes
- Nutritional status of choline and docosahexanoic acid
Learn more about University of Maryland Children’s Hospital neonatology program.
- Press Release: Cancer Prevention is Necessary at Every Stage of Human Development, Beginning at Conception
- Concluding Commentary: Children in All Cancer Prevention Policy Decisions. Bearer CF et al.PEDIATRICS. 2016;138;S98
- A Day in the Life: NICU Medical Director Tends to Infants With Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Abbasi, J.
- Dr. Bearer discusses Neonatology Research at University of Maryland Children’s Hospital.
- Dr. Bearer gives a tour of Drs. Rouben and Violet Jiji Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
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