Neonatology News Winter 2024

January 18, 2024

$5 Million NIH Grant to Study How Pregnancy Affects Children with Disabilities



Aaron Hamvas, MD
, Division Head of Neonatology at Lurie Children’s and Lynn Yee, MD, MPH, at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine recently were awarded a $5 million NIH grant to join a national consortium — the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program. The study, called Enriching ECHO with High-risk Pregnancies and Children with Disabilities (Enriching ECHO), will examine how perinatal and early childhood environments and experiences influence the health of children as they grow and develop, with a focus on people with disabilities who have historically been left out of medical research. The study aims to identify specific modifiable environmental factors associated with better-than-expected positive health outcomes that allow children to thrive.

Exploring Disparities in Neonatal Health

James W. Collins, Jr., MD, MPHNeonatologist James W. Collins, Jr., MD, MPH, joins In Pursuit podcast to discuss how his exploration of disparities in neonatal health outcomes has expanded to include race, education, socioeconomics, paternal acknowledgement, and other social influencers of health. In Pursuit is presented by Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute at Lurie Children's, and is hosted by Patrick Seed, MD, PhD, FIDSA.

Reducing Hypothermia in NICU Babies During and After Surgery

Gustave H. Falciglia, MDThe percentage of infants from the NICU experiencing hypothermia upon OR arrival and at any point during surgery decreased from 48.7% to 6.4% and 67.5% to 37.4%, respectively, after a multidisciplinary quality improvement project at Lurie Children’s. The project and its success were featured in the journal Pediatric Quality and Safety. Neonatologist and senior author Gustave Falciglia, MD, MSCI, MSHQPS, said: “The strengths of our project were the large cohort of infants and the use of continuous, secure and automated data to ensure normal temperature for infants before, during and after an operation.”

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