Neonatology-Perinatology Research

The types of research conducted in the Division of Neonatology spans the clinical translational spectrum from bench to bedside to population health. Matching the diversity of research questions that are investigated is the diversity of funding received to support these projects including the National Institute of Health, state initiatives, foundation, industry, and philanthropy. Current areas of focus include:

  • Fetal origins of disease
  • Infant nutrition and metabolism
  • Health disparities
  • Global health
  • Quality improvement
  • Education and simulation

Ongoing Research Projects

  • A Quality Improvement Initiative to Reduce the Incidence of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD); Golden Hour Quality Initiative & Oxygen Saturation Monitoring Initiative (PI: Lauren Blatt, MD)
  • Effect of continuous heart rate availability on provider perceptions and neonatal resuscitation performance (PI: Catherine Chang, MD)
  • Delivering Serious News in the NICU – Communication Training for the NICU Provider (PI: Emily Echevarria, MD)
  • Improving Communication with Families from Underserved Populations Using Simulation-Based Training (PI: Dina Elachi, MD)
  • Racial/ethnic disparities in parents’ readiness for discharge in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) (PI: Ericalyn Kasdorf, MD)
  • A Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the Effectiveness of Displaying Patient Pictographs in an Electronic Health Record to Prevent Wrong-Patient Electronic Orders (PI: James Kim, MD)
  • Metabolic mechanisms induced by enteral DHA and ARA supplementation in preterm infants (PI: Camilia Martin, MD MS)
  • Transgenerational Effect of Maternal High Fat Diet on Small RNA Expression in Mouse Germ Cells (PI: Liana Senaldi, MD)  
  • Khdc3 in the Inheritance of Obesity and Metabolic Disease: You Are What Your Grandmother Ate (PI: Matthew Smith-Raska, MD, PhD)
  • Reducing Unplanned Extubations in a Level IV NICU (PI: Priyanka Tiwari, MD)
  • Quality improvement project to improve follow up in Neonatal Neurodevelopment Clinic (PI: Mary Vernov, MD)
  • Reducing early neonatal mortality in Tanzania-low resource setting (PI: Jeffrey Perlman, MB, ChB)

Helping Babies Breath (HBB)

Jeffrey Perlman, M.B., Ch.B., leads robust global health programs in Tanzania and the Eastern Cape of South Africa, targeting the reduction of early neonatal mortality.  He introduced the Helping Babies Breathe program in Tanzania in 2009. A pilot implementation of the program resulted in a 47 percent reduction in early neonatal mortality. HBB was subsequently introduced nationally in Tanzania, and is now embedded in national medical and nursing school curricula. 

Other Global Health Initiatives

Weill Cornell Medicine global health researchers have reduced early neonatal mortality by 48 percent with maternal and neonatal antibiotics, antenatal steroids and avoidance of hypothermia. Methods to identify and manage newborn infants at risk for bilirubin encephalopathy and kernicterus secondary to unrecognized severe jaundice are also being tested.

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