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Dr. McCaffrey with Mom & baby in the NICUNeonatal-Perinatal Medicine providers offer care for babies with challenges due to premature birth, severe illness, or a congenital anomaly in North Carolina Children’s Hospital’s Newborn Critical Care Center (NCCC). Following discharge, many patients are evaluated in the Special Infant Care Clinic (SICC), a specialty outpatient clinic staffed by Neonatal-Perinatal providers and designed to promote the best developmental outcomes for these children. Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine is extensively involved in ongoing clinical research with the goal of improving care delivered to critically ill newborns throughout the nation and around the world.


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  • CZI $1 Million NEC Research Award

    Good Awarded $1 Million by CZI to Combat NEC

    Principal investigators Misty Good, MD, MS, and Scott Magness, PhD, at the UNC School of Medicine, and Jennifer Canvasser, MSW, NEC Society will lead a $1-million project funded through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to map cellular roles in necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).

  • Natalia S. Akopyants, PhD

    Welcome New Researcher: Natalia S. Akopyants, PhD

    Natalia Akopyants, joined the Department of Pediatrics as an Associate Professor in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine on October 31, 2022. Dr. Akopyants, earned her PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Research Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry in the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia in 1988. In 1998, Dr. Akopyants completed post doctoral training in Microbiology with the Department of Molecular Microbiology at Washington University in Saint Louis, MO. Since 1999, Dr. Akopyants has continued her research career as faculty in the Department of Molecular Microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine. Welcome Natalia!

  • Wesley Jackson & Sue Tolleson-Rinehart

    Jackson and Tolleson-Rinehart Elected to SPR

    Congratulations to Wesley Jackson, MD MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Sue Tolleson-Rinehart, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health, on their election to membership in the Society of Pediatric Research (SPR).

    The Society for Pediatric Research encourages and supports pediatric research endeavors by creating a multi-disciplinary network of diverse researchers to improve child health. Collaboration among SPR members creates meaningful progress for the future of children’s health. Active Members are independent researchers conducting hypothesis-driven research in a field related to pediatrics that have been nominated and seconded by SPR members and approved by SPR Council.

    Congratulations Sue and Wes!

  • Wesley M. Jackson, MD, MPH

    Jackson Promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics

    Wesley Jackson, MD, MPH was promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics effective October 1, 2022. Since becoming a faculty member in 2018, Dr. Jackson has had a strong commitment to the Department of Pediatrics’ Research mission. Dr. Jackson has expanded his research interests to include clinical trials operations, pharmacokinetic modeling, and epigenetic analyses. Dr. Jackson’s goal is to combine these interests to improve the outcomes of infants through drug development for diseases with limited available therapies, such as bronchopulmonary dysplasia and hypoxic–ischemic encephalopathy.