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2015 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 world-wide.

The Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (SoNPM) is fortunate, thanks to contributions by Johnson and Johnson Pediatric Institute and the March of Dimes, to honor Dr. Klaus by awarding research scholarships to promising early career physician-scientists. The 2015 Marshall Klaus Neonatal-Perinatal Research Award netted 37 terrific applicants. The top 6 ranked fellows each were awarded a $5,000 Klaus research award to support the specified research projects

The 2015 Marshall Klaus Neonatal-Perinatal Research Awardees and the topics they are studying are: Jennifer Pelliford Alexander, MD, University of Maryland, ‘Long Term Effects of Neonatal Pain and the Ability of Sucrose and Acetaminophen to Improve Outcomes;’ Claire Baldauf, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), ‘Neuron Rescue in Intra-Uterine Growth Restriction with Novel Peptide: Humanin;’ Stephanie Marie Ford, MD, Case Western Reserve University, ‘Increasing Regurgitant Flow in Early Cardiac Looping with Optical Pacing Leads Congenital Heart Diseases;’ Kok Lim Kua, MD, University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, ‘Breaking The Cycle of Maternal-Neonatal Diabetes Transmission;’ Sarah Nicole Kunz, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital, ‘Effect of Perinatal Referral Network Structure on Transport Decisions and Neonatal Outcomes;’ and Sarah Morton, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital, ‘Role of miRNA in Nemaline Myopathy.’

Learn more about Klaus Awardees »

National Conference & Exhibition
October 23-27, 2015
Washington, DC

The AAP Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine program features symposia on "Optiimizing Care for the Neonatal Surgical Patient" and "Contemporary Issues in Perinatal Ethics," award presentations, research abstract presentations and a lecture "What would Sam do? The Promise and Perils of Neonatal Genetic Testing" by Frances S. Collins, MD, PhD.

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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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