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Committee Members

  • Jörn-Hendrik Weitkamp, MD, FAAP (Districe IV), Vanderbilt University - Chair
  • Mary Nock, MD, FAAP (District V), UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
  • Susan Aucott, MD, FAAP (District III), John's Hopkins University
  • Jill Maron, MD, MPH, FAAP (District I) Tufts University
  • Jason Gien, MD, FAAP (District VIII), University of Colorado
  • Andrew Hopper, MD, FAAP (District IX), Loma Linda University

Scope of Committee Work

Originally the Committee on Research was directed to address the question of future research for the field of Neonatology. A survey of training programs was done and a combined workshop with NICHD was held and published (see list of publications below). The Marshall Klaus Research Award for fellows and residents with a career interest in Academic Neonatal Perinatal Medicine was developed in 2004 which included developing and implementing an application process and establishing the scientific review (based on one similar to those used to review NIH proposals). A survey of awardees was done in 2008 to assess the impact of the Marshall Klaus Award on Academic Career Development. The scope of the Committee in alignment with the current Section's strategic plan has focused on development of a Neonatal Perinatal International Research Mentorship Award.

In summary, the Research Committee has primarily been focused on research questions and issues for Neonatal Perinatal Pediatrics/Medicine. Initially the focus was national but is now attempting to address global academic leadership needs in developing countries. The success of neonatology has resulted in an increasing population of preterm and high-risk infants who will need continuing care and their medical needs are still being defined. Tools to accomplish this task and research to improve outcome for these infants is a new potential focus for the Committee.

How to apply for the 2012 Marshall Klaus Research Awards»

2012 Marshall Klaus Research Award application»

For more about the Klaus Research Awards »


Survey of neonatology training programs: 2002 to 2003. J Perinatol 2006; 26 Suppl 2:S38-45.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) workshop on research in neonatal and perinatal medicine. J Perinatol 2006; 26 Suppl 2:S3-4. No abstract available.

Neonatology research for the 21st century: executive summary of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development-American Academy of Pediatrics workshop. Part II: training issues. Pediatrics 2005;115(2):475-9.

Research in neonatology for the 21st century: executive summary of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development-American Academy of Pediatrics workshop. Part I: academic issues. Pediatrics 2005;115(2):468

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