Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program

Our Research

Stalwart and passionate best defines our commitment to fostering neonatology fellows' research at Women & Infants Hospital.

Individually, our Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellows are actively involved in one or more basic science or clinical research projects.

Physician faculty currently involved in research activities includes (fellows are mentored by the faculty below, as well):

Our senior research faculty includes:

The Department of Pediatrics at Women & Infants were recipients of two Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) awards in Perinatal Biology from the NCRR, providing almost $20 million dollars in support of faculty research.

We are a Vanguard site for two National Children’s Study projects, one in Providence County, RI, and the other in Bristol County, MA.

Other highlights

  • We are one of five sites nationally to host both NICHD Neonatal Research Network and Maternal Fetal Medicine Research Network Units.
  • We are a designated “Center of Excellence for Women’s Health and for clinical programs and research focused on the perinatal period.
  • From 2010 to 2012 we were named the 11th-best-funded program in the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI).
  • In 2012, we received $8 million in federal extramural research funding, and more than $500,000 in non-federal/foundation funding in the Department of Pediatrics.

Basic Science Research at The Kilguss Institute

The Kilguss Research Institute was borne out by administration at Women & Infants Hospital as a strong show of support for codifying a commitment to basic and translational research.

This state-of-the-art laboratory facility was designed for established and newly recruited faculty in molecular, developmental, reproductive and cancer biology, genetics and immunology. The initiative came at a critical time when great strides were being achieved in the field of biomedical research and our faculty was experiencing significant new successes in extramural funding. The research design incorporates laboratory modules without full dividing walls surrounding a central core of shared space for cell culture, shared equipment, imaging and molecular instrumentation. More than $5.2 million was invested along with a $1 million award from the Health Resources Services Administration to support the renovation and construction costs. Institutional support for research programs and dedication to faculty research is unequivocal and ongoing. The combination of a supportive environment and a robust scientific setting allows us to enhance the scientific productivity of our entire faculty. The Institute is located at 200 Chestnut Street in Providence, Rhode Island.

In 2005, the Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk was established at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital. The mission of the Center is to stimulate outstanding interdisciplinary research, education and clinical services on the biological and social factors that determine the developmental outcome of at-risk children. 

The following is a list research projects within the Department of Pediatrics and various researchers at Brown. 

Research Opportunities

Research at Brown

We are especially fortunate that Brown University  is one of the few universities where undergraduate and graduate education in biology and the preclinical sciences for medical students are taught by a single, integrated faculty.

Women & Infants Hospital, Brown University and Hasbro Children’s Hospital have closely adjoining research facilities a few miles from the Brown Campus and The Warren Alpert Medical School. The proximity further facilitates collaborations amongst these institutions. There is:

  • Close affiliation of faculty in clinical departments with basic science activities
  • Opportunity to engage in additional academic career development mentorship with the Director of Postgraduate Academic Career Development, Dr. Mark Zonfrillo.
  • Active involvement with faculty in the basic science programs and graduate and postgraduate research education in Interdepartmental Programs at the University including:
    • Molecular Biology
    • Biochemistry
    • Cell Biology
    • Pathobiology
    • Molecular Pharmacology
    • Physiology and Biotechnology
    • Neuroscience
    • Biomedical Engineering