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Release Date: 04/01/2015

Several specialists from the Department of Pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, are gearing up to share their expertise with colleagues at the Pediatric Academic Societies’ (PAS) annual meeting on April 25th - 28th in San Diego, CA.

According to the Pediatric Academic Societies, the goal of the annual meeting is “to bring together a variety of groups to not only discuss original research, which has been the hallmark of the PAS meeting, but to also discuss how this research can be applied to actual clinical practice in pediatrics.”

James F. Padbury, MD, is pediatrician-in-chief and chief of neonatal/perinatal medicine at Women & Infants and the Oh–Zopfi Professor of Pediatrics and Perinatal Research at Brown University, is set to present multiple abstracts with his colleagues. “The PAS meeting is the largest meeting of the year for academic pediatrics. It includes the Society for Pediatric Research and all the subspecialty society meetings for hematology/oncology, nephrology, endocrinology, infectious diseases, and child neurology. There are a number of international pediatric research organizations that also participate. It attracts almost 10,000 physicians and scientists from the United States and around the world,” said Dr. Padbury. “These annual meetings are incredibly important for continued scientific exchange, networking, learning, getting new ideas, and presenting new work to the pediatrics community.”

Giving invited presentations from Women & Infants and The Alpert Medical School are:

  • Dr. Mary-Lenore Keszler, “Ventilation at Sub-Dead Space Tidal Volumes: A Bench Study”
  • Drs. Thomas Murphy, Betty Vohr, Jesse Bender, Abbot Laptook and Beth Taub, RN, “RBC Transfusion in the NICU: Do Donor & Recipient Gender Matter?”
  • Dr. James Padbury, “Metagenomic Approaches to Preterm Birth”
  • Drs. Birju Shahand James Padbury, “Inter-alpha Inhibitor Protein is Superior to C-reactive Protein as a Biomarker to Differentiate Necrotizing Enterocolitis”
  • Drs. Judith Mercer, James Padbury, Betty Vohr and William Oh, “Impact of Maternal Factors on Circulating Cord/Peripheral Blood Cytokines and Stem Cells (SC) in Preterm Infants (PT)”
  • Dr. Laurie Hoffman and Betty Vohr, “Developmental Intervention for Infants of Adolescent Mothers: Phase 1”
  • ;Drs. Judith Mercer, James Padbury, Betty Vohr and William Oh, “Delayed Cord Clamping at Birth Improves Motor Function at 18 to 22 Months Corrected Age: A Randomized Controlled Trial”
  • Drs. Betty Vohr, Elisabeth McGowan and Melissa O’Donnell, LICSW, “Risk Factors Predicting Rehospitalization of Early, Moderate and Late Preterm Infants in the First 90 Days Post Discharge”
  • Dr. Betty Vohr and Leslie McKinley, MS, RD, LDN, “Single Family Room NICU Associated with Improved 18 Month Outcomes for Infants < 1250 grams”
  • Drs. Elizabeth McGowan, and Betty Vohr, and Melissa O’Donnell, LICSW, “Use of Psychotropic Medications Before, During and After Pregnancy in Women with Adverse Mental Health Conditions”
  • Drs. Elisabeth McGowan, and Betty Vohr, and Melissa O’Donnell, LICSW, “Fathers of High Risk NICU Infants Report Stress Similar to Mothers”
  • Drs. Betty Vohr and Elisabeth McGowan and Melissa O’Donnell, LICSW, “Impact of Transition Home Intervention Program on Rehospitalizations & ER Visits of Early Moderate and Late Preterm NICU Graduates”
  • Dr. Abbot Laptook, “Abnormal Cranial Imaging in Moderately Preterm (MPT) Infants in the NICU”
  • Drs. Birju Shah and James Padbury, “Development of Point-of-Care Rapid Test of Inter-alpha Inhibitor Proteins for Early Detection of Neonatal Sepsis”
  • Drs. Abbot Laptook and Jesse Bender and Beth Taub, RN,” The Neonatal Preventable Harm Index: A Practical Tool for High Reliability Organizations”
  • Dr. Juan Sanchez-Esteban, “HB-EGF is Critical to Accelerate Lung Development”
  • Dr. Abbot Laptook, “Posthemorrhagic Ventricular Dilation (PHVD) among < 27 wk Infants”
  • Dr. Abbot Laptook, “Posthemorrhagic Ventricular Dilation (PHVD) among < 27 wk Infants”
Poster Presentations by:
  • Drs. Elisabeth McGowan, Melissa O’Donnell (LICSW) and Betty Vohr, “Social & Environmental Risk Factors Predict Emergency Room Visits in Preterm Infants”
  • Drs. Juan Sanchez-Esteban and James Padbury, “Expression of Inter-alpha Inhibitor Genes and Proteins after Hypoxic-Ischemic Brain Injury in Neonatal Rats”

About Pediatric Academic Societies
The Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting is the largest international meeting focusing on research in child health while providing a unique venue for interdisciplinary scientific interactions.

The PAS is committed to presenting a high-quality program addressing all aspects of academic pediatrics. Our goal is to present a wide range of cutting-edge science, from basic to translational (pre-clinical), clinical and health services research, that reflects our diverse pediatric academic disciplines.

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About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 9th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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