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Nehal Parikh, DO, MS joined the Section of Neonatology as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Principal Investigator in the Center for Perinatal Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in January 2011. Dr. Parikh completed his pediatrics residency at Winthrop University Hospital of State University of New York at Stony Brook and fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He completed received an M.S. degree in Clinical & Translational Research from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where he was on faculty for 8 years. Dr. Parikh’s lab utilizes and develops advanced MRI methods (diffusion, functional, spectroscopy) for neonates to enable early diagnosis/prediction of sensorimotor, cognitive, and behavioral impairments in very preterm (≤32 weeks gestational age) infants. These impairments result from commonly observed perinatal brain injury and delayed brain maturation that are frequently observed in more than 50% of very preterm infants. Early diagnosis within 3 months of birth can reduce the current delays in diagnosis of up to 3 years and facilitate targeted early intervention clinical therapies and novel neuroprotective research interventions.