Our experienced multidisciplinary team puts your baby's needs first by discovering and applying new knowledge in neonatal nutrition research. We are proud to provide a high-quality level of research opportunities, medical experience, and commitment to health to all our study participants. Our goal is to close the gap between new discoveries and current feeding practices and thus, help premature babies reach their full potential.
With years of experience, we have selected a limited number of nutritional interventions with the most significant potential to improve your baby's outcomes. Our research team will assess your eligibility to participate in nutrition studies and explain how your baby and others could benefit from our innovative approaches to improve the growth and developmental outcomes of premature babies. We know it is essential for you to understand why there is a need to test new feeding methods during early infancy.
We understand that having a premature baby in the neonatal unit is often unexpected and stressful. We strive to give you early access to novel therapies that could improve your baby's quality of life. However, we understand that the choice of being part of a research study can be overwhelming. When you choose not to participate in research studies, you should rest assured that our commitment to provide the best care for your baby remains the same.
Dr. Salas is a neonatologist. He completed his second pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a neonatology fellowship at UAB. He manages our team and makes sure all our backgrounds work together to help support your baby's nutrition goals.
Dr. Valcarce is a neonatologist. She completed her pediatrics residency at University of Miami and her neonatology fellowship at University of Florida in Gainesville. She is passionate about infant nutrition, human milk, and immunology.
Dr. Shukla is a neonatologist. He graduated from PS Medical College, completed his residency at SUNY and his neonatology fellowship at UAB. With broad experience in neonatal care and clinical research, he provides extensive knowledge to our team.
Audrey is an experienced neonatal nurse and a research nurse coordinator. She is responsible for the day-to-day research activities including screening, recruitment, data collection, sample processing, and others.
Danielle is a nurse with experience in working with premature infants. As a research nurse coordinator, she is responsible for the day-to-day research activities including screening, recruitment, data collection, sample processing, and others.
Dr. Gunawan is an MSPH graduate student. She assists with data curation and data analysis.
Tori is a neonatal dietitian who has the knowledge and skills to combine innovative nutritional interventions with routine clinical practice
Seabrook is an MSPH graduate student and a clinical research coordinator. She assists with data curation and data analysis.
Dylan is a nutrition graduate student. He assists with body composition assessments, data collection, and sample processing
Our research team aims to improve quantitative and qualitative outcomes of growth in premature babies
We have also made substantial contributions to facilitate the transition from tube to oral feeding in premature babies. We instrumented a feeding bottle to assess nutritive sucking patterns (number of sucks, sucking strength, sucking density, and bottle orientation)
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