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2016 Marshall Klaus Awards Announced


Dr. Klaus is an internationally recognized leader and scientist in the field of Neonatology. He 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. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Klaus 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 worldwide.

On behalf of the AAP Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (SoNPM), the Chair of the Executive Committee, Renate Savich, MD, FAAP, and the Klaus Neonatal-Perinatal Research Fund supporters, Johnson and Johnson Pediatric Institute, Mead Johnson, and the AAP, we would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2016 Marshall Klaus Neonatal-Perinatal Research Award! The Research Committee reviewed a record high of 42 very strong applications and all applicants deserve recognition for their strong biographies, outstanding mentors, and exciting projects. Thanks to the sponsors, this year the top 8 ranked fellows were able to be funded to support their proposed research projects and advance their academic careers. In addition to the traditional clinical, translational, or basic science Marshall Klaus Award, this year applications were also solicited for two new awards: the Health Science Research Award (sponsored by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) and the Education Research Award (sponsored by Brodsky & Martin at Beth Israel Deaconess Neonatology Foundation, Inc).

The 2016 Marshall Klaus Neonatal-Perinatal Research Awardees and the topics they are studying are: Asimenia Angelidou, MD, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital, ‘Modeling the Ontogeny of Vaccine-Induced Innate Immune Memory in Human Newborns’; Katherine Ann Bell, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital, ‘Body Composition in Preterm Infants’; Katie A. Fritz, MD, MPH, Medical College of Wisconsin, ‘Regulation of Hepatic Toll-Like Receptors by the Perinatal Environment’; Brian Kalish, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital, ‘Maternal Immune Activation and the Genomic Regulation of Synapse Pruning’; Melissa C. Liebowitz, MD, University of California San Francisco, ‘Effect of a Moderate to Large Patent Ductus Arteriosus on Neonatal Hypotension and Respiratory Morbidity in Premature Infants: a Comparison of Different Treatment Strategies’; Amy E. O’Connell, MD, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital, ‘Functions of Hbs1L in Perinatal Development’; Aaron T. Yee, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, ‘Role of Platelet-Activating Factor in Hyperoxia-Induced Lung Injury’; and Anoop Rao, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, ‘Evaluation of 3D printed models of congenital cardiac lesions’.

Learn more about Klaus Awardees »

National Conference & Exhibition

October 21-25, 2016
San Francisco, CA

The AAP invites you to the 2016 National Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco, CA, October 22-25 (pre-conference session and events Friday, October 21) a thte Moscone Center. The National Conference features over 350 educational sessions in nearly 60 topic areas to suit a variety of learning styles. This experience includes continuing education featuring faculty, best practices, and pharmacological and technical advances from the leaders in pediatrics. Other benefits include the opportunity to connect and network with peers and leaders in pediatrics, attend daily special events, and visit the largest Pediatric Exhibit Hall with the latest products and services.

NCE 2016 Information »

NIH Key contacts

Below you will find listed a few key contacts in several of the different institutes within the NIH. When preparing and submitting a grant, it is imperative to make sure your grant goes to the appropriate institute. Key NIH contacts are more than willing to speak to young investigators to help them along the grant submission path.

NIH Key Contact List »

NIH Research information

Grants(wo)manship for Young Investigators, a presentation by Tonse N.K. Raju, MD, addresses grant mechanisms, supplements to existing grants, NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Programs, and much more.

All About Grants (podcasts) »

Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5) »

Funding Opportunities »

Funding Opportunities now available in RSS »

Institutes Listing »

Grant Info Listserv »

Grant Peer Review Process »

K Kiosk »

Loan Repayment »

PAS Grant Review Process »

Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools »

TIPS for NIH Grant Applicants »

Marshall Klaus Grants


The following are two successful examples of Marshall-Klaus grants written by fellows in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine: one laboratory-based; the other on a clinical research topic.

Vitamin D deficiency in Hispanic compared to Caucasian newborn infants born in Houston, TX »

Attenuation of hyperoxic lung injury by cytochrome P450 inducer b-naphthoflavone »

For more about the Klaus Research Awards »

K-23 Award


This is an example of a successful K-award application, generously shared by Dr. Mandy Brown Belfort at Harvard.Please note that this grant was submitted in an older (longer) format. Please check the NIH website for current application requirements.

Balancing the Risks and Benefits of Rapid Weight Gain in Infancy »

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