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Marshall Klaus Perinatal Research Awards

Mission: to support & encourage trainee research

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, and Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute initiated the Marshall Klaus Perinatal Research Awards with the goal of enhancing and supporting development of research skills among physicians training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. These awards provide partial support intended to assist fellows in initiating or completing research projects. This was sponsored, in part, by the March of Dimes.

Marshall Klaus

The Marshall Klaus Award is given every year in honor of Marshall H. Klaus, M.D. Dr. Klaus is an internationally known neonatologist and scientist. Dr. Klaus is the author or coauthor of several standard works in the field, including Bonding, Care of the High Risk Newborn, Mothering the Mother and The Amazing Newborn. He taught pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine and has had exceptional influence as researcher, professor of pediatrics in American medical schools and abroad, recipient of many awards, and author of books translated into Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, German, Danish, Swedish, and Japanese. A pioneer in neonatology, Dr.Klaus did some of the original work in isolating and identifying the surfactant critical to early respiration, a breakthrough that led to life-saving clinical application in nurseries everywhere. He took the lead in opening the premature nursery to parents and has been a leader in the humane care of mothers and babies, including support for parents dealing with the death of a baby. During his long career he trained over 35 Fellows in Neonatology, many of whom are now leaders in research and directors of newborn units world-wide.

Program Description

The American Academy of Pediatrics Perinatal Research Grant Program is designed to give pediatric residents and neonatal fellows with limited research training and experience an opportunity to initiate and complete research projects related to their professional interests. $5,000 grants are available to qualifying trainees. Projects may be related to the full spectrum of child health research, such as perinatal-neonatal health, behavioral sciences, biomedical science, epidemiology, health services, prevention, public health, quality improvement, and quality measurement. Trainees must conduct their research under the supervision of a mentor within his or her own department or with other basic, clinical, or social scientists within the trainee's institution. Research projects can be conducted for a maximum of two years and should be completed during fellowship. The Section on Perinatal Pediatrics’ Research Committee considers each application in light of the following criteria: significance of the topic, innovation, proposed methodology, feasibility to complete during fellowship, and relevance to the trainee's career goals. It is of particular importance that the mentor provides a clear plan of mentorship and outlines explicitly what role he or she will take in order to support the trainee in the conduct of the project.

Award recipients will be expected to submit their research findings in an abstract to the AAP National Conference & Exhibition (NCE) Section on Perinatal Pediatrics fall meeting. If selected for oral presentation, Klaus awardees are eligible for a travel award to pay for economy airfare, lodging and other expenses associated with participating at the NCE as outlined in the AAP Travel Guidelines. In addition, recipients will be asked to complete a brief follow-up survey to assist with the evaluation of the program.

Important Dates and Links

February 16 , 2015 - Deadline for application and research proposal.
June 1, 2015 - Grants to be funded will be finalized
July 14, 2015 - All applicants will be notified and research grants will be mailed.

2015 Marshall Klaus Application Form »

Sample Klaus Bio »

Sample Klaus Science »

Previous Klaus Awardees »

Submission Process

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Acknowledgement of

Ronald Ariagno, MD, FAAP

The Marshall Klaus Award was directed by Dr. Ronald Ariagno from 2004 until 2014. Dr. Ariagno is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine. He has been on the faculty at Stanford University since 1975 and served on the Executive Committee of the Section on Perinatal Pediatrics (SoPPe) since 1996. Dr. Ariagno was Chair of the Research Committee overseeing the Marshall Klaus Perinatal Research Award for Fellows in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine until April 2014, when Dr. Jörn-Hendrik Weitkamp at Vanderbilt University took over this role. Under Dr. Ariagno’s leadership, there have been a total of 41 Marshall Klaus Award recipients, including 7 awardees in 2014. For any questions about the Marshall Klaus Award, please contact Jörn-Hendrik Weitkamp, MD.

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