Division Highlights - Neonatology & Newborn Nursery

The Division of Neonatology and Newborn Nursery strives to promote the best health and well-being of all newborns. Our team cares for babies in the newborn nursery after a normal birth and babies in the neonatal intensive care unit who are critically ill, premature or in need of special observation.

Our dynamic team has numerous research interests, which include chronic complications of prematurity, including lung and vision problems, acute kidney injury, congenital hypothyroidism, developmental biology (with a focus on congenital diaphragmatic hernia), nutrition in neonates (with special emphasis on iron metabolism and vitamin supplementation), palliative care, perinatal brain injury, placental transfusion strategies, point-of-care ultrasound use in the NICU, quality improvement projects (e.g., antibiotic stewardship in the NICU, vision science, and neonatal global health.

2017 Highlights

  • Nathaniel York, a graduate student in the laboratory of Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, received a one-year, $3,000 Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology Program (ERP) Student Research Grant from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for his project, "Characterization of Oxytocin Receptor in the RPE."

    York was also selected as a trainee on the National Institutes of Health-funded T32 Endocrinology & Reproductive Physiology (ERP) Training Grant, directed by Ian Bird, PhD, in the UW-Madison Endocrinology & Reproductive Physiology Program.

  • Pamela Kling, MD, received a one-year, $59,875 Fall Competition award from the UW Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education for her project, "Cellular Signaling and Disordered Nephrogenesis during Intrauterine Growth Restriction."

    James Gannon, an undergraduate student mentored by Dr. Kling and Allison Pollock, MD, received a 2017-2018 University of Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship.

  • Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD, was selected for the Histochemical Society (HSC) award for her abstract, "Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography correlates Retinal Thinning to Retinal Vascular Development in an In vivo Mouse Model of Retinopathy of Prematurity." She also received a $1,000 travel grant for the Experimental Biology April 2017 meeting.

  • Christine Sorenson, PhD, received the title of Distinguished Scientist by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, in recognition of her pivotal role in helping to strengthen the reputation of the university.



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