Neonatal Research Institute
Neonatal Research Institute
Improving the health of babies for generations to come.
Your baby deserves the very best start in life. At the Neonatal Research Institute (NRI), we work tirelessly to improve the health of newborns by discovering new, leading-edge treatments and practices.
Explore the links below to learn more about our ground-breaking clinical trials and how you can support our tiniest patients.
- A message from our director
- How you can participate
- Our recent research developments
- Our published studies
- Patient testimonials
- Parent advisory board
- Meet the NRI team
- How you can help
- Find out more
A message from our director.
The NRI was established to identify and disseminate the latest evidence-based best practices for newborn care. Sharp Mary Birch is the busiest maternity hospital in California, with a baby born every hour on average. That volume gives us a unique opportunity to create a strong research infrastructure that will yield meaningful breakthroughs.
I hope you'll enjoy learning a bit more about what we're doing to transform the health care experience for new families.
— Dr. Anup Katheria, Director, Neonatal Research Institute
How you can participate.
If you think you may want to join a clinical trial, ask your child's pediatrician if any study at Sharp may be appropriate for you. Your doctor should explain the criteria for trial eligibility and the potential benefits and risks, such as side effects or other health impacts.
We are currently conducting the following clinical trials:
- Milking or Delayed Cord Clamping
- Premature Infants Resuscitated With Oxygen or Air
- Sustained Inflation in the Delivery Room
- Treatment of Ductus Arteriosus
Our recent research developments.
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded us a grant of $354,750 to study whether delayed cord clamping can improve long-term brain function for babies needing resuscitation at birth. The study is made possible in part by revolutionary newborn resuscitation beds at Sharp Mary Birch, which allow for delayed cord clamping during newborn resuscitation.
- The Little Giraffe Foundation awarded a neonatal research grant for $10,000 in support of a study on the respiratory effects of caffeine administered to preterm babies shortly after birth in order to prevent intubation in the first hours of life.
- The NRI was a recipient of a grant, totaling $41,264, from the Will Rogers Institute 2014 Neonatal Ventilator and Pulmonary Grant Program in support of neonatal pulmonary equipment
Our published studies.
The following articles highlight studies done at our Neonatal Research Institute:
- Postnatal Systemic Blood Flow in Neonates With Abnormal Fetal Umbilical Artery Doppler
- The Effects of Umbilical Cord Milking on Hemodynamics and Neonatal Outcomes in Premature Neonates
- The Use of Electrical Cardiometry for Continuous Cardiac Output Monitoring in Preterm Neonates: A Validation Study
- Umbilical Cord Milking Improves Transition in Premature Infants at Birth
How you can help.
The research we conduct at Sharp Mary Birch holds the potential to transform medical practice and improve outcomes for newborns in San Diego and beyond. Learn how you can support the discoveries at the NRI through Sharp HealthCare Foundation.
Find out more.
For more information about the NRI or to find out more about our clinical trials, send us an email or call 858-939-4112. For more information about how we care for our tiniest patients, learn about our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Sharp Mary Birch.