Peliz Cengiz, MD, was one of several UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) KL2 scholars profiled in the current issue of Quarterly, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health's alumni magazine.
Dr. Cengiz received her KL2 award in 2011. In the article, she explains how the award helped her develop animal models for her research on why male neonates have worse outcomes than females after neonatal asphyxia.
“We recently found that a nerve growth factor may function differently between males and females after neonatal asphyxia. This may account for the sex differences seen in learning impairments. A better understanding of this mechanism will help us identify new therapies and improve outcomes in children who suffer from brain injury,” she said.