Neonatology Research and Innovation


What's next for NEC?

Innovative prevention and treatment strategies bolstered by a deeper understanding of pathology may indicate a major shift on the horizon.

Infant Virus Emergency

An Infant. A Virus. An Emergency IND. A Life Saved.

Clinician scientists collaborate to use virus-specific T-cells from the mother to successfully treat a systemic adenovirus infection in a preterm infant.

Infant baby crying during medical examination

Study Provides New Clinical Evidence That Avoids Painful Tests for Infants With Fever

The finding has important implications for identifying cases in which infants may not need invasive medical care such as spinal taps, antibiotics or hospitalizations.

Pablo J. Sanchez, MD

The Risks of Ongoing Antibiotic Treatment for Preterm Infants

A recent study suggests infants born preterm with very low birth weights need daily assessments to minimize overall exposure to antibiotics.

Quality Improvement Initiative Significantly Cuts Infant Exposure to Drugs After Tracheostomy

Duration of treatment with opioids and benzodiazepines in NICU slashed by more than half The neonatal intensive care unit is the first stop for infants after a tracheostomy.

Premature Baby

Beyond Survival: Improving Social Development in Preterm Infants

The NICU can save lives but impair social development for extremely preterm infants.

Additional Research

Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

Although most infants fully recover from BPD and have few long-term health problems as a result, BPD can be a serious condition requiring intensive medical care.

Feeding Disorders

Feeding difficulties can arise from a combination of gastrointestinal, esophageal, behavioral, neurological, structural, cardiorespiratory and metabolic origins.

Necrotizing Enterocolitis Research

Primarily seen in premature infants, necrotizing enterocolitis is the most common and most serious gastrointestinal disorder among hospitalized preterm infants.

Neonatal Nutrition and Maternal Factors

Without proper weight gain, newborns are at risk for delays in mental development.  

Prematurity Prevention Research

Clinicians and scientists at Nationwide Children’s Hospital are spearheading research at the population, clinical and laboratory levels to inform prematurity prevention strategies.

Neurological Development in Premature Infants

To improve long-term quality of life for high-risk newborns, investigators at Nationwide Children’s are working to prevent perinatal/neonatal brain injury.

Extremely Premature Infant Care

Today, the survival rate at Nationwide Children’s for babies born at 23 weeks is 63 percent.