Children’s National Health System’s Vittorio Gallo, PhD, and Joseph Scafidi, DO, of the Children's Research Institute, were featured on NPR discussing their research in newborn mice, which found that a naturally occurring substance called epidermal growth factor appears to reverse a type of brain damage that’s common in very premature infants.
The research was originally reported in the journal Nature.
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Children’s National experts are renowned for their expertise in treating children with brain injury and disease. The Gregory Mark Taubin Neuro Intensive Care Unit is associated with the Division of Neurology is the only dedicated pediatric Neuro ICU in the Washington, DC region and one of few in the nation.
Children’s National Health System is the regional referral center for whole-body cooling (hypothermia) after newborns experience a hypoxic-ischemic injury.
A team led by Vittorio Gallo, PhD, have uncovered direct evidence that procedures targeting a cell receptor within a certain time frame can prevent complications linked to brain injuries among premature children.
Children’s National received a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to identify reliable early signs of prenatal brain injury caused by congenital heart disease.