The Neonatology Division is nationally recognized for innovative research and contributions to medical literature. Our faculty members are committed to the discovery of new therapies to treat life-threatening neonatal illnesses an

d to translate these discoveries into better ways to deliver care and improve outcomes.

Basic Science Research

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Basic science research in neonatology incorporates the traditional laboratory-based disciplines of biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, pharmacology, and physiology into the study of newborn medicine. State-of-the-art facilities and highly competitive research programs at Vanderbilt University and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine are consistently recognized among the top-ranked programs in NIH-funded research.

Basic science research in Neonatology covers a spectrum of discovery-focused and hypothesis-driven laboratory programs. Researchers in this division include physicians and scientists who are jointly engaged in studies on reproduction and fetal development, cardiovascular development and microvascular physiology, pulmonary growth and development, neurodevelopment and neuropharmacology/toxicology, gut development and pathophysiology, gastrointestinal immunology, bone morphogenesis and stem cell biology. Extensive collaborative efforts with other investigators on campus and with national and international collaborators further support the research efforts in the division. Learn more about our basic science investigators and their work


Hendrik Weitkamp, M.D.
Hendrik Weitkamp, M.D. evaluates a patient in
the NICU.

Patient-Oriented Research

Children's Hospital has a long tradition in clinical research, providing a foundation of experience and expertise across all of our departments, divisions and programs. The collaboration between clinical researchers and basic scientists has resulted in remarkable advances in the health of children. This teamwork is why Children's Hospital consistently ranks as one of the leading pediatric research institutions in the world.

Clinical researchers at Children's Hospital are committed to identifying new approaches to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood diseases and to promoting the health and well-being of children. Clinical research is supported by funding from federal, non-profit, and corporate sponsors as well as by several specialized programs and services established by the Hospital. Learn more about our clinical investigators and their work.


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