Nationwide Children’s Hospital has been accepted to join an elite group of research centers dedicated to studying neonatal medicine. The Neonatal Research Network, developed by the National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD), is comprised of 18 research centers focused around one cause: to improve the care and outcome of neonates.
Led by Principal Investigator, Leif Nelin, MD, interim Division chief of Neonatology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and director of the Center for Perinatal Research of The Research Institute, this network was formed to help conduct multi-center clinical trials and observational studies in neonatal medicine. Founded in 1986, there was a need for multiple clinical trial centers to provide a large enough population from which samples could be drawn.
“We are extremely excited to become a part of this national network of investigators leading the way in neonatal medicine,” said Dr. Nelin, also a professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. "This designation is a testament of the work the Center for Perinatal Research is doing to help improve the lives of the most fragile infants.”
The Center for Perinatal Research of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is the eighteenth center to join this network. The Center will contribute patient data to a registry of very low birth weight infants. This registry provides network investigators with premature-patient information including days hospitalized, gestational age, birth weight, respiratory support, delivery room resuscitation, necrotizing enterocolitis, intraventricular hemorrhage, sepsis and mortality rates. These factors are important variables that affect the short and long-term health outcomes of premature infants.