Dr. Niermeyer’s research focuses on international child health, neonatal resuscitation, and high-altitude physiology including cardiopulmonary adaptation in infants at high altitude, acute mountain sickness in children, and fetal and neonatal origins of chronic mountain sickness. Dr. Niermeyer has received many grants for her research work.
Dr. Niermeyer serves as editor in the development of a global curriculum in neonatal resuscitation, which is aimed at birth attendants in first-level health settings, especially in resource-limited settings. Under the auspices of the American Academy of Pediatrics and collaborating organizations, the curriculum will be field-tested and scaled up to assess its impact not only on the knowledge, skills, and practice of health care providers, but also on neonatal outcomes. She is technical advisor to Freedom of Breath, Fountain of Life, the program of the Chinese Ministry of Health to disseminate neonatal resuscitation training across the People’s Republic of China.