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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.’

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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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Two Great Neonatology Web Resources

Neonatal Research Blog - Author: Dr. Keith Barrington
Dr.Barrington is a neonatologist and clinical researcher and chief of service at Sainte Justine University Health Center in Montréal and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Montréal. The blog contains excerpts and thoughtful critique of recently published articles in neonatology often with insight into previously existing knowledge in the particular topic. Definitely worth a busy neonatologist’s time.

Neonatal Research Blog »

Neoknowledge - Author: Dr. Gautham Suresh
Dr.Suresh, Medical Director of the newborn center at Texas Children’s Hospital, designed this resource for health professionals from all over the world who take care of newborn babies. The webpage features summaries of recently published articles relevant to the practicing neonatologist. Apart from the current literature, it also features clinical guidelines, Cochrane reviews, procedural videos and other academic resources of use to the neonatologist.

Neoknowledge »

Neonatology Review: Q & A

Editors, Dr. Brodsky and Dr. Martin, have granted us permission to reproduce these questions.

An asymptomatic neonate is born to a mother with a positive PPD, normal chest radiograph, and absence of clinical disease. The nurse asks if the infant needs to be separated from his mother.

Which of the following is a correct response?

A. A PPD should be placed on the infant and the infant should be separated from the mother until the results from the PPD are available
B. The infant and the mother do not need to be separated
C. The infant should be separated from the mother for 48 hours
D. The infant should be separated from the mother for 1 week
E. The infant should be separated from the mother until she is treated with isoiazid x 1 month

Briefly Legal

Vacuum-Assisted Deliveries

Maureen E. Sims, M.D.
Professor Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles

Vacuum assisted deliveries occur in approximately about 5% of vaginal births, but it is very uncommon used for deliveries of preterm infants. Because the preterm skull is more compliant, their brains are more vulnerable to mechanical injury. Potential indications for vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery include prolonged second stage of labor, non-reassuring fetal testing, elective shortening of the second stage of labor and possibly maternal exhaustion.

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Featured Articles

Statistics: Always More to Learn!

Recent advances in science have included the introduction of increasingly sophisticated biostatistical methods and better understanding of the strengths and limitations of existing methods. Fortunately, leaders in the field are now reaching out to advance understanding of the appropriate application of such methods. The following are a representative sample of such publications.

P values, the 'gold standard' of statistical validity, are not as reliable as many scientists assume »

The correct use of statistics is not just good for science — it is essential »

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The Section on Perinatal Pediatrics is the home organization for specialists in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and also welcomes affiliate members working in related disciplines. At a membership of nearly 3,500, the Section is the largest specialty group of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Section's highest priority is to ensure optimal health and well-being of babies and mothers and this is accomplished through the Section's core activities in the realms of advocacy, education, outreach and support of clinicians and researchers.

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