Amanda E. Graf, MD is a neonatologist and a physician-scientist in the Center for Perinatal Research at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She is active in laboratory-based research and also serves as a site principal investigator for a clinical trial through the NICHD Neonatal Research Network. She is passionate about providing the best possible care for all babies in the NICU as well as finding ways to improve outcomes for these vulnerable patients. Dr. Graf's laboratory focuses on identifying how changes in the maternal environment, specifically inflammation either from infection or obesity, can affect fetal and neonatal brain development. Understanding how maternal inflammation impacts neurodevelopment may allow scientists to identify new strategies to prevent or treat brain injury in very preterm infants and improve long-term neurodevelopment for children born prematurely.