Section of Neonatology, Perinatal and Pulmonary Biology

Significant Accomplishments

March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Ohio Collaboration

The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Ohio Collaborative comprises a new transdisciplinary group of investigators aimed at discovering the fundamental causes of preterm birth. It brings together investigators from 20 different disciplines to work together for healthier newborns. We believe this collaborative will become a world leader in research to discover the unknown causes of preterm birth and develop precise ways to prevent it. The March of Dimes has pledged $10 million over five years to fund this initiative. The project brings together Ohio’s leading health research institutions – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (the coordinating site; Dr. Louis Muglia, MD, PhD; Drs. James Greenberg, Jeffrey Whitsett, and SK Dey, Co-Directors) and the University of Cincinnati; the Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital; and Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals / MetroHealth.

National Institutes of Health

New awards were obtained from the NHLBI, including the T32 training grant entitled “Pulmonary and Cardiac Development and Disease” Drs. Jeffrey Whitsett, Bruce Trapnell and Frank McCormack (Co-PIs), a new K12 “Omics of Lung Diseases” Dr. Jeffrey Whitsett (PI), a collaborative project with the Divisions of Biomedical Informatics and the College of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; and the NHLBI R01 “Transcriptional Programming of Asthma Related Pathology in Respiratory Epithelia” Dr. Jeffrey Whitsett (PI).

Collaborative for Infant Mortality Reduction

The Perinatal Institute facilitated the creation of a regional public/private/governmental collaborative to reduce the infant mortality rate. The collaborative brings together leaders from Hamilton County, the City of Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati Colleges of Medicine and Nursing, Cincinnati Children’s, all regional hospital maternity providers, and local nonprofit agencies as a collective impact collaborative. The collaborative has a five year, $1.25 million funding commitment based upon an agreement between the Board of Hamilton County Commissioners, UC Health and Drake Center, LLC. Collaborative operations are based at CCHMC. Drs. James M. Greenberg and Elizabeth Kelly provide operational leadership of the Collaborative, along with a newly appointed Director, Mr. Ryan Adcock. County Commissioner Todd Portune and City of Cincinnati Councilmember Wendell Young Co-Chair the Advisory Board created through a memorandum of understanding signed by all parties on June 13, 2013.