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Morgan’s Fund Launches NEC Podcast

(From the May 2015 Issue of PediatricsOnline)

The Morgan Leary Vaughan Fund (Morgan’s Fund) recently launched Speaking of NEC, a free audio podcast series focusing on necrotizing enterocolitis. The premiere episode features Gail Besner, MD, chief of Pediatric Surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a leading expert on NEC.

In episode 1, Besner discusses:

  • The mortality and morbidity (complications associated with the disease) associated with NEC from a historical perspective
  • Surgical outcomes of NEC and the role length of intestine plays in those outcomes
  • Her serendipitous discovery, and continuous research, of a growth factor (HB-EGF) that can play a role in protecting babies from NEC
  • Her current research of stem cells and tissue engineered intestine in prevention and treatment of NEC
  • The importance, and inherent challenges, of funding research in NEC

Produced by The Morgan Leary Vaughan Fund, and funded by The Petit Family Foundation, Speaking of NEC is a series of one-on-one conversations with relevant NEC experts — neonatologists, clinicians and researchers — that highlights current prevention, diagnosis, and treatment strategies for NEC, and the search for a cure.

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