The University of Iowa Children's Hospital will remain part of an elite group of research institutions across the country studying ways to provide optimal care in neonatal intensive care units.
UI Children's Hospital has again been selected to be a part of the Neonatal Research Network of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The selection includes a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the NICHD.
The network was developed to conduct research studies to investigate the safety and effectiveness of treatment strategies to care for premature and critically ill newborn infants. The network was started in 1986 by NICHD, which is part of the National Institutes for Health, and is made up of select medical institutions across the country. Applications for participation in the network are accepted once every five years and reviewed for scientific merit by a panel of experts.
UI Children's Hospital was first named to the network in 2006 but had to reapply for continuation in the program, said Edward Bell, M.D., principal investigator for the network at the UI and professor of pediatrics in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.
"The first time you apply, your application is judged based on your potential performance as a study site," Bell said. "With competitive renewal the reviewers have your documented performance to look at how well you did rather than just what you told them you could do.
"We have backed up our promise and performed as we said we could," Bell said.
UI Children's Hospital was one of 18 centers chosen from a large pool of applicants for this year's competition.