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:

Kayla Everhart, PhD
University of South Carolina

$327,097 over 3 years to study the value of warming blood transfusions in reducing hypothemic episodes in very preterm infants

Megan Pesch, MD
University of Michigan

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

David Abramson, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

$324,951 over 3 years for a study to improve diagnostic techniques for retinoblastoma

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

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