Pediatric Health

Promoting health and preventing or treating disease is the primary focus of this target area. Of particular interest are applied research projects focused on reducing the incidence of serious neonatal and early childhood illnesses, or improving cognitive, social and emotional aspects of development.

Typical projects funded in this area of interest may include projects aimed at:

  • Better diagnostic techniques (more rapid, specific, sensitive, or less invasive)
  • Better treatment (improved, less stressful or painful, optimal dosing, fewer side effects)
  • Symptom relief
  • Preventive measures

Recent projects include:

Leon Hatch III, MD, MPH
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

$317,864 over 3 years to develop and test a ventilator weaning protocol for critically ill neonates

Megan Pesch, MD
University of Michigan

$175,143 over 3 years to develop an improved method of identifying infants with potential Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infection

Caleb Bupp, MD
Spectrum Health Foundation

$349,682 over 3 years for a study to improve diagnostic accuracy in neonates with rare or unknown diseases

Stephen Eckel, PharmD, MHA
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

$347,400 over 3 years to improve patient safety through precision drug delivery methods