Division Highlights - Neonatology & Newborn Nursery

The Division of Neonatology and Newborn Nursery promotes the health and well-being of the newborn, whether in the newborn nursery after a normal birth, or in the neonatal intensive care unit if critically ill, premature or in need of special observation.

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

2015 Highlights

  • Jamie Limjoco, MD, MS was named the medical director for neonatology for the new Mother-Baby service line at American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) and UnityPoint Health-Meriter. The Mother-Baby service line was formed through a joint operating agreement between AFCH and UnityPoint Health-Meriter with the goal of improving patient care and making Madison a regional destination for mothers and babies.
  • Colin Korlesky, an undergraduate student mentored by Pamela Kling, MD, received a 2015-2016 Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship for his project, "Heart Rate Viability t(HRV) As a Determinant of Male Versus Female Cardiovascular Health in Intrauterine Growth Restriction."
  • David McCulley, MD, received a $297,594 award from the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) KL2 Scholars Program for his project, "Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: Genetic Mechanisms of Pulmonary Hypoplasia and Pulmonary Hypertension."
  • Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD, was named UW/UnityPoint Health-Meriter site principal investigator for an international multicenter clinical trial, ”Determination of the rhIGF-1/rhIGFBP-3 Dose, Administered as a Continuous Infusion, Required to Establish and Maintain Longitudinal Serum IGF-1 Levels Within Physiological Levels in Premature Infants, to Prevent Retinopathy of Prematurity.” De-Ann Pillers, MD, PhD, and UW pediatric ophthalmologists Michael Struck, MD, Yasmin Bradfield, MD, and Melanie Schmitt, MD, were named site sub-Investigators. The study is sponsored by Shire Genetics Therapeutics and enrolled 121 subjects from 25 sites in Italy, Sweden, UK, Netherlands, Poland and the United States.
  • Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, received a four-year, $1.5 million New Investigator R01 award through the National Institutes of Health/National Eye Institute’s Audacious Goals Initiative. The award will support his project, "Molecular Therapies for Lebers Congenital Amaurosis Caused by KCNJ13 Mutations."
  • Catherine Wintheiser, an undergraduate student mentored by Christine Sorenson, PhD, received a 2015-2016 Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship for her project, "Expression of Bcl-2 in Pericytes is Essential for Retinal Neovascularization."
  • Five division investigators were awarded nearly $120,000 from the Meriter Foundation Research and Education Grants Program to support the following four clinical research studies:
    • “Multifetal Gestation Pregnancies, Fetal Kidney Dysfunction and Programming of Life-Long BP” (Pamela Kling, MD; $30,000)
    • “Impact of Common neonatal drugs on Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition in Lung Alveolar Cells” (De-Ann Pillers, MD, PhD; $30,000)
    • “Effect of Oxytocin on Retina Angiogenesis as a Measure of Retinopathy of Prematurity” (Bikash Pattnaik, PhD; $30,000)
    • “Procalcitonin as a Biomarker in Detection of Early Onset Neonatal Sepsis Using Umbilical Cord Blood Analysis” (Michael Porte, MD, and Cora Astorga, MD; $30,000)


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