The Neonatology Fellowship program at Wake Forest School of Medicine includes a variety of opportunities for fellows to participate in clinical, epidemiological and laboratory research projects with established and respected investigators. Fellows are expected to complete projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor and prepare the results for presentation at national meetings and for publication.
Several Wake Forest School of Medicine faculty members are established primary investigators for local undertakings of national studies in neonatology, aided by our research coordinator, Kristi Lanier, RN, BSN. Recent national studies have explored topics such as:
- Antibiotic safety in infants with intra-abdominal infections
- Developmental impact of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) exposures
- The effect of neonatal neurobehavior on developmental outcomes
Goals of Research
Our research initiatives seek to broaden our fellows’ understanding of important topics within the field of neonatology, while also helping to advance medical knowledge and enhance patient care.
Research Training Opportunities
We recognize that graduates of pediatric residencies entering fellowships rarely have substantial experience in research. As a result, we devote a curriculum and mentorship program to research training, including regular research conferences and didactic sessions in study design, data analysis, manuscript preparation and grant writing.
Several of the faculty teach a lecture series each year on biostatistics and epidemiology for neonatologists. Fellows can also take a formal course in biostatistics, offered through the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Medical Center, for credit or audit.
Laboratory Research Opportunities
Several National Institutes of Health-funded laboratories offer training opportunities for fellows in basic science research. Active areas of laboratory investigation include:
- Molecular genetics
- The circulation and regulation of cerebral blood flow
- The inherited predisposition to disease sequelae of prematurity, such as chronic lung disease, and the neuroendocrine development in the fetus and newborn
- The pulmonary microcirculation and control of pulmonary vascular resistance
Clinical Research Opportunities
Fellows in our program enjoy ample opportunity to participate in clinical research. We have a long track record of participation in multi-center and single-site clinical trials on broad and diverse topics relevant to neonatology. These include:
- Epidemiological studies of preterm sequelae, including cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease
- Management of chronic lung disease
- Nutritional management
- Pain management
- Ventilator management