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- APP TO IMPROVE CARE FOR MOTHERS AND BABIES: C. Jason Wang, MD, PhD (PI) along with Jeff Gould, MD, Grace Lee, MD, Henry Lee, MD, MS Epi, and Jochen Profit, MD, MPH, received a Richard King Mellon Foundation grant (active through 2021) to develop PretermConnect, a mobile app to reduce preterm birth and infant mortality. PretermConnect will be piloted in Allegheny County, PA and aims to improve risk prediction, care coordination, and adherence to recommended care. The work is being done in conjunction with Magee-Women’s Research Institute, RAND Corporation, and the University of Pittsburgh.
- TRAINEES RECEIVE F32 AWARDS: Two trainees, postdoctoral scholar Kari Weber, PhD, and neonatal-perinatal medicine fellow Vidya Pai, MD, received F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
READING TO PREEMIES HELPS THEM BREATHE EASIER: Melissa Scala, MD, is first author of a paper in the Journal of Perinatology that explores the effects of reading to preterm infants on measures of cardiorespiratory stability in the neonatal intensive care unit. Preterm infants experienced significantly fewer desaturation events during parental bedside reading and one hour after reading exposure as compared to periods three hours and one hour prior to reading exposure. Separate analyses showed there were fewer desaturation events in a cohort exposed to live readings versus recorded readings, and in a cohort exposed to maternal reading only versus paternal reading only. Study findings were discussed in a recent post on the blog All Things Neonatal.