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Melissa S. Bauserman, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Dr. Bauserman is a neonatal-perinatal pediatrician whose research centers on improving the health of women and children in lower income countries. Specifically, her research focuses on 1) improving infant malnutrition in the 2) leading multi-center research trials on maternal and child health 3) evaluating the epidemiology of maternal death, and 4) determining the effect of various contraceptive methods on infant growth in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and other low and low-middle income countries.

Specific projects Dr. Bauserman has worked on include leading studies evaluating pre-conceptional and gestational etiologies of stunting of linear growth at birth and the use of prenatal ultrasound on maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. She is also leading a multi-national effort to evaluate the effects of malaria in early pregnancy. Dr. Bauserman has also pilot trials to investigate the role of parasitic infections and environmental enteropathy in growth stunting in infants in the DRC.

Dr. Bauserman’s collaborations include researcher partnerships within the UNC at the School of Medicine, Gillings School of Global Public Health, the Carolina Population Center, the UNC Water Institute, as well as organizations outside UNC, including RTI International and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She also collaborates extensively with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Global Network, a multi-center, multi-national research group that includes 7 U.S. research sites partnered with 7 international research sites including the DRC, Kenya, Zambia, India, Pakistan and Guatemala.

Her long-term research objectives are to elucidate the determinants of stunting in infants and young children, with the goal of reducing mortality in children under 5 years of age.

To learn more about how you can support the Children’s Research Institute, contact Keela Lyon, Senior Executive Director of Development, UNC Medicine, Children’s. Email or phone 919-843-2915.
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Melissa Bauserman, MD, MPH