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Bench to Bedside: Research Focused on Improving BPD Outcomes

Bench to Bedside: Research Focused on Improving BPD Outcomes

Each year 13,000 to 15,000 extremely premature infants develop severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). Despite major advances in neonatal intensive care and improved survival of infants born very prematurely BPD rates have not decreased over the last decade. While there are several reasons for this, a lack of understanding of the various paths to this disease, and the absence of personalized therapies have contributed to this problem. Researchers at the Donald Thibeault Lung and Immunology laboratories are focusing their efforts on understanding how bacterial blood stream infections injures the developing lung and cause BPD in premature infants. Recently, Venkatesh Sampath, MBBS, MRCPCh, a physician-scientist with Neonatology at Children’s Mercy hospital was awarded a five-year grant by the National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) to study the role of inflammatory angiogenesis in the developing lung. The major goal of this project is to understand how pulmonary endothelial immune a