The Neonatal-Perinatal Division faculty have contributed to a variety of major advances in basic and clinical research related to newborn infants. Past and current projects have included
investigations into the etiology and prevention of disease and morbidity as well as the evaluation and care of newborn infants and their families. Our Division and the NICU at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital have been continuously funded as a participating site in the NICHD Cooperative Multicenter Neonatal Research Network since 1998. The faculty are actively involved in basic and clinical research endeavors spanning a wide range of interests, including:

Basic Research

  • surfactant biochemistry
  • genetic and environmental causes of myelomeningocele
  • genetic and environmental causes of cleft lip and palate

Clinical Research

  • mechanisms of lung injury in meconium aspiration
  • prevention of bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • prevention and treatment of retinopathy of prematurity
  • hypothermia for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy
  • diagnosis of infection in neonates
  • follow-up of high-risk infants
  • surgical management of necrotizing enterocolitis
  • quality improvement in neonatal intensive care
  • education methods in the neonatal intensive care unit
  • management of infants with short bowel
  • rescue methods for severe respiratory failure
  • improving electronic ordering in the NICU
  • use of phototherapy in extremely-low-birthweight infants
  • management of inguinal hernias in preterm infants
  • promoting smoking cessation among parents of preterm infants
  • feeding strategies for preterm infants