Neonatal Research Institute at Sharp Mary Birch Announces $2.9 Million Grant
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded the Neonatal Research Institute (NRI) at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns a $2.9 million R01 Research project grant.
This grant, from the NIH's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), will extend the research on umbilical cord milking and delayed cord clamping, which was funded with two prior NIH grants. The technique known as cord milking has been shown to provide additional cord blood to babies at birth and improve heart, lung and brain function, particularly for premature newborns.
The new, larger study aims to show reductions in brain bleeds and improved long-term neurological outcomes in premature babies.
Sharp Mary Birch will lead eight other centers participating in this study, which is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind. It is the first private hospital to lead a multicenter international trial.
Researchers will follow 1,500 children up to the age of two to analyze the outcomes resulting from using the cord blood milking and delayed clamping methods. If these results are positive, it could improve how preterm babies are cared for worldwide.
About Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns.
As San Diego's only hospital dedicated exclusively to women and newborns, Sharp Mary Birch offers a full range of maternity, neonatal and women's surgical services, and delivers more than 8,000 babies annually. The hospital has nine operating rooms; 206 beds, including the region's largest neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with 84 beds; a 14-bed women's acute care unit; a post-anesthesia care unit with a nursery to allow mom and baby stay together; and the NRI.
About the Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD.
The NICHD sponsors research on development, both before and after birth; maternal, child and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation.
Research reported in this publication was supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R01HD088646. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.