Division Highlights - Neonatology & Newborn Nursery

The Division of Neonatology promotes the health and well-being of the newborn, whether critically ill, premature, or in need of special observation.

Research interests include genetic contributors to premature birth, nutrition in neonates (with special emphasis on iron metabolism and vitamin supplementation), chronic complications of prematurity including lung and vision problems of prematurity, infection and inflammation, placental biology vascular adaptations in pregnancy, screening for congenital heart disease and models and methods of maternal-infant health care.

2013 Highlights

  • Six division faculty received approximately $150,000 in total funding from the Meriter Foundation for the following research projects:
    • Elizabeth Goetz, MD, MPH, “Improving Quality of Care and Lowering Costs by Reducing NICU Admissions”
    • Pamela Kling, MD, “Iron Status Linking Obesity During Pregnancy and Asthma in Offspring”
    • David McCulley, MD, “Mammalian Pulmonary Lymphatic Circulation”
    • Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, “Oxytocinergic Signaling in the Eye: Its Contribution to Retinopathy of Prematurity”
    • De-Ann Pillers, MD, PhD, “Discovering Biomarkers of Hyperoxia-Induced Lung Fibrosis in Chronic Lung Disease of Prematurity”
    • Michael Porte, MD, “aEEG for Education of Staff and Investigation of Subclinical Brain Function in Neonates”
  • Georgia Ditzenberger, PhD, RN, NNP-BC, received the UW Health Advance Practice Provider Excellence Award, which recognizes UW Health nurse practitioners and physician assistants who demonstrate outstanding clinical practice, teaching and leadership.
  • Pamela Kling, MD, received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Medical Student Research Mentorship. In addition, Natalie Dosch, an undergraduate student mentored by Theresa Guilbert, MD, and Dr. Kling, received a 2013-2014 Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship for her project, “Iron: A Possible Link between Obese Pregnancies and Asthma Predisposition at Birth.”
  • David McCulley, MD, received a $50,000 award from the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW-ICTR) type 1 pilot grant program for his project, “Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: Genetic Basis and Stem Cell Therapy.” He also received the department’s 2013 Todd Varness Outstanding Clinical Teaching Award.
  • Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, received a one-year, $400,000 award from an unnamed donor to support his lab’s research on potassium channel therapy for LCA16, a form of congenital blindness.

Faculty


De-Ann M. Pillers, MD, PhD

Professor and Division Chief

Michael A. Porte, MD

Clinical Professor and
Clinical Director

Debra A. Burbach, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Georgia R. Ditzenberger, NNP, RNC, PhD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Elizabeth M. Goetz, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Frank R. Greer, MD

Professor

Julie M. Kessel, MD

Associate Professor (CHS)

Pamela J. Kling, MD

Professor

Jamie J. Limjoco, MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Matthew D. Maruna, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

David J. McCulley, MD

Assistant Professor

Olachi J. Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD

Assistant Professor

Paul J. Neary, MD

Clinical Associate Professor

Neena D. Shah, MD

Clinical Associate Professor

     

Recent Publications

Bates ML, Pillers DA, Palta M, Farrell ET, Eldridge MW. Ventilatory control in infants, children, and adults with bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2013 Nov 1;189(2):329-37. Epub 2013 Jul 22. PMID: 23886637.

Baker RD, Greer FR. Iron. In: Kleinman RF, Greer FR, eds. Pediatric Nutrition, 7th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2013: 449-466.

Baker S, Greer FR. Breastfeeding. In: Kleinman RF, Greer FR, eds. Pediatric Nutrition, 7th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2013: 41-60.

Ditzenberger GR, Wallen LD, Phelan L, Escoe S, Collins SD. Supplemental protein and postnatal growth of very low birth weight infants: A randomized trial. J Neonatal Perinatal Med. 2013 Jan 1;6(4):285-94. PMID: 24441084.

Gaynor P, Greer FR. Federal regulation of foods and infant formulas including addition of new ingredients: food additives and substances generally recognized as safe (GRAS). In: Kleinman RF, Greer FR, eds. Pediatric Nutrition, 7th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2013: 535-570.

Greer FR, Daniels SR. Identification and management of children with elevated cholesterol levels. In: Rippe JM, ed. Lifestyle Medicine, 2nd ed. New York: Taylor and Frances Group/CRC Press; 2013: 1163-1170.

Greer FR. Food labeling. In: Kleinman RF, Greer FR, eds. Pediatric Nutrition, 7th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2013: 1209-1224.

Hassink, S, Greer FR. Pediatric Obesity. In: Kleinman RF, Greer FR, eds. Pediatric Nutrition, 7th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2013: 805-844.

Kling PJ. Anemia of prematurity and indications for erythropoietin therapy, in: Warner EJ, de Alarcon PA, Christensen RD, eds. Neonatal Hematology, 2nd ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 2013:37-46.

Kling PJ. Water-soluble vitamins. In: Kleinman RF, Greer FR, eds. Pediatric Nutrition, 7th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2013: 517-534.

Limjoco J, Paquette L, Ramanathan R, Seri I, Friedlich P. Changes in mean arterial blood pressure during sildenafil use in neonates with meconium aspiration syndrome or sepsis. Am J Ther. 2013 Jan 23. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23344111.

McLimore HM, Phillips AK, Blohowiak SE, Pham DQ, Coe CL, Fischer BA, Kling PJ. Impact of multiple prenatal risk factors on newborn iron status at delivery. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2013 Aug;35(6):473-7. PMID: 23042017.

Meyer-Gesch KM, Sun MY, Koch JM, Ramadoss J, Blohowiak SE, Magness RR, Kling PJ. Ovine fetal renal development impacted by multiple fetuses and uterine space restriction. J Dev Orig Health Dis. 2013 Oct;4(5):411-420. PMID: 24159370.

Mezu-Ndubuisi OJ, Teng PY, Wanek J, Blair NP, Chau FY, Reddy NM, Raj JU, Reddy SP, Shahidi M. In vivo retinal vascular oxygen tension imaging and fluorescein angiography in the mouse model of oxygen-induced retinopathy. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Oct 23;54(10):6968-72. PMID: 24052641.

Pattnaik BR, Tokarz S, Asuma MP, Schroeder T, Sharma A, Mitchell JC, Edwards AO, Pillers DA. Snowflake vitreoretinal degeneration (SVD) mutation R162W provides new insights into Kir7.1 ion channel structure and function. PLoS One. 2013 Aug 19;8(8):e71744. eCollection 2013. PMID: 23977131.

Poulsen KP, Pillers DM, Conway JH, Faith NG, Czuprynski CJ. Post-parturient shedding of Listeria monocytogenes in breast milk of infected mice. J Neonatal Perinatal Med. 2013;6(2):145-51. PMID: 24246517.

Tokarz SA, Pang J, Grosz A, Kempton JB, Trune DR, Pillers DA. Age-related cochlear cytokine gene expression in the BALB/cJ mouse with systemic versus intratympanic dosing of steroid drugs. Acta Otolaryngol. 2013 Jul;133(7):685-91. PMID: 23768053.

Grant Support

Our faculty were principal investigators on the following grants during calendar year 2013.

Principal Investigator Funding Agency Title
Goetz, Elizabeth M Meriter Foundation Improving Quality of Care and Lowering Costs by Reducing NICU Admissions
Kling, Pamela Thrasher Research Fund Early Screening and Interventions for Infants At-Risk for Iron Deficiency
Kling, Pamela Meriter Foundation Iron Status Linking Obesity During Pregnancy and Asthma in Offspring
Mcculley, David J Meriter Foundation Development of the Mammalian Pulmonary Lymphatic Circulation
Mcculley, David J UWHC - Multiple Donors (ICTR Pilot Grant) Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: Genetic Basis & Stem Cell Therapy
Pattnaik, Bikash Meriter Foundation Oxytocinergic Signaling in the Eye: Its Contribution to Retinopathy of Prematurity
Pattnaik, Bikash University Of Wisconsin Foundation Rebecca Meyer Brown Professorship
Pattnaik, Bikash University Of Wisconsin Foundation LCA16 Research
Pillers, De-Ann Isomark A New "Smart" Neonatal Incubator for Real-Time Detection of Sepsis
Pillers, De-Ann Meriter Foundation Discovering Biomarkers of Hyperoxia-Induced Lung Fibrosis in Chronic Lung Disease of Prematurity
Pillers, De-Ann The Hartwell Foundation Genetics of the Innate Immune Response of the Infant as a Potential Biomarker for Premature Birth

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