Research and Innovation

Research efforts at Nationwide Children's Hospital’s Section of Neonatal Medicine are focused on making advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of premature infants.

The research interests of the physician-scientists within the Section of Neonatal Medicine are vast, but the primary focus is on the prevention of complications of prematurity. By working directly with the Center for Perinatal Research – one of the eleven Centers of Emphasis at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, investigators are using basic science and translational research to develop cutting-edge interventions designed to prevent premature delivery.

Clinical Studies

Clinical researchers at Nationwide Children's are committed to identifying new approaches for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases, taking research discoveries from the lab to the patient's bedside.

Browse current research studies being conducted at Nationwide Children’s related to Neonatology.

Areas of Focus

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.