Dr. Steven Abman is Director of the Pediatric Heart Lung Center (PHLC), and coordinates several clinical and laboratory based research projects on mechanisms that contribute to the development of BPD and pulmonary hypertension in newborns and older children. He is also the founder and Director of the Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Network, which is a multicenter program to develop novel insights into the natural history and treatment of childhood pulmonary hypertension involving centers throughout North America.
Dr. Vivek Balasubramaniam's research interest is in the mechanisms underlying lung vascular and alveolar development, especially in response to stress and injury. His focus is on the role of nitric oxide and other factors in the growth and development of blood vessels in the lung. His research holds the promise of helping infants with disorders of lung development. Dr. Balasubramaniam's research is supported by the NIH.
Dr. James Barry’s research seeks to better patient outcomes through process and system improvements using qualitative investigational methods in the NICU. Additionally, he seeks to better understand and define methods of education that can increase and improve neonatal resuscitation skills in NICU personnel.
Dr. Laura Brown’s research goals are to improve the muscle growth of the fetus during a pregnancy affected by intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). The main question she hopes to answer is why muscle fails to grow properly even into adulthood after exposure to IUGR. By exploring the cellular mechanisms that control fetal muscle growth and development in IUGR, we will better understand why there are persistent abnormalities in muscle growth during childhood and adulthood. Furthermore, these findings will guide the development of nutritional strategies during pregnancy and early childhood to improve muscle growth and prevent the development of lifelong diseases.
Dr. Jed Friedman’s research specialization is on the maternal-fetal origins of obesity, ranging from transcription factors involved in energy balance, to mechanisms underlying fatty liver development, to molecular pathways for insulin resistance in humans and non-human primates.
Dr. Jason Gien studies pulmonary hypertension, chronic lung disease, and congenital heart disease.
Dr. Theresa Grover focuses on regulation of fetal and neonatal pulmonary blood flow, mechanisms of pulmonary vascular and alveolar growth, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and the role of vascular endothelial growth factor in lung development.