BPD Center

 

    Over the past 4 years we have developed unique neonatal MRI capabilities that provide high-resolution, detailed images of lung parenchymal and vascular structures, regional cardiopulmonary function, and dynamic airway collapse, all during quiet breathing and without sedation or ionizing radiation.  This collective information allows phenotyping of respiratory disease related to premature birth (bronchopulmonary dysplasia, BPD) and has the potential to significantly change the understanding and timecourse of this disease.  Particularly, this provides avenues for personalized treatments via a combination of existing and new therapies.
     We have established a new BPD Center that combines basic imaging research with translational medicine.   The Center has four arms that focus on rigorous clinical validation of cardiopulmonary and airway MRI phenotyping (diagnostics), integration of bronchoalveolar lavage samples with a map of the developing lung, animal models, and novel drug interventions (discovery), creation of individualized treatment strategies and tailored interventions (translation), and the establishment of a clinical BPD Center of Excellence (clinical).

 

 

Personnel

BPD Center Directors

Neonatology

Pulmonary Medicine

Radiology

Cardiology

Pulmonary Biology

Jason Woods, PhD

Beth Haberman, MD

Raouf Amin, MD

Alan Brody, MD

Russell Hirsch, MD

Anne Karina Perl, PhD

Paul Kingma, MD PhD

Amy Nathan, MD

Nara Higano, PhD

Robert Fleck, MD

Ryan Moore, MD

Jeff Whitsett, MD

Erik Hysinger, MD

Melissa House, MD

Alister Bates, PhD

Andrew Schapiro, MD

Paul Critser, MD PhD

Marion Waltamath, PhD

 

Shawn Ahlfeld, MD

Laura Walkup, PhD

Mark DiFrancesco, PhD

Burns Blaxall, PhD

 

 

Jennifer Brady, MD

Erin Watters, BA

Chamindu Gunatilaka, BS

Melissa Magness, APRN

 

 

Danielle Parham, MD

Julie Niles, RN

 

Michelle Cash, APRN

 

 

Nancy Roberto, APRN

Kim Kombrinck, APRN

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly Wendel, APRN

 

 

 

 

 

Debra Perkins, APRN

 

 

 

 

 

Whitney Cooley, RT

 

 

 

 

 

Theresia Tuttle, RT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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