Jackie Patterson is a neonatologist and implementation scientist with expertise in technology-based interventions to improve perinatal mortality in low and lower-middle income countries (LMICs). Her particular research emphasis is on newborn resuscitation.
Jackie’s primary work is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She is currently principal investigator of a clinical trial in the DRC assessing the impact of heart rate guided newborn resuscitation on timely bag mask ventilation using a novel heart rate monitor (Funding: Thrasher Early Career Award, Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge Grant). She is also piloting a mobile health application that delivers automated feedback following newborn resuscitations in one health facility in Kinshasa, DRC (Funding: Junior Faculty Development Award). Jackie is a Co-Investigator for the UNC-Kinshasa School of Public Health Research Partnership funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Research (NICHD GN). Through this large multi-national research network, she participates in multiple clinical trials to reduce maternal and newborn mortality.
In addition to her work in the DRC, Jackie collaborates with the UNC Division of Global Women’s Health as the neonatal co-investigator for the LABOR Study (Limiting Adverse Birth Outcomes in Resource-Limited Settings). LABOR is an intrapartum cohort study to generate perinatal data to improve maternal and newborn outcomes by developing a suite of highly effective tools for health facilities in LMICs (Funding: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). This study is multi-national, enrolling in Zambia, Ghana and India.