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The Children's National Research Institute

Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Intermittent hypoxia; maturation of breathing in neonates
  • caffeine treatment in preterm infants

Education & Training

  • Neonatology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (1968-70)
  • Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (1965-68)
  • M.D., Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT (1961-65)
  • A.B., Pre-Med/English, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY (1957-61)

Academic Appointments

  • Research Professor of Pediatrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Biography

Carl Hunt, M.D., is a graduate of the University of Rochester and Yale University School of Medicine. He obtained pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship training at the University of Minnesota Hospitals. He was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the neonatal ICU at University of Minnesota Hospitals. He then moved to Northwestern University Medical School (Chicago, IL) as Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Chief, Division of Neonatology at Lurie Children's Medical Center, and was subsequently appointed Professor and Vice-Chair of Pediatrics. Dr. Hunt was subsequently appointed as Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Toledo Medical School (Toledo, OH). In 2001, he was appointed Director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services), where he later served as  Special Assistant to the Director of the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute and Research Scientist, National Center for Research Resources. Dr. Hunt later moved to Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Bethesda, MD) as Research Professor of Pediatrics, where he currently also serves as Director of neonatal fellowship research at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Since 2015, he also has an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine.  

Dr. Hunt's research activities have included cardiorespiratory maturation, control of breathing in neonates, intermittent hypoxia, and pediatric sleep disorders including sudden unexpected infant death and apparent life-threatening events in infancy. He has more than 185 peer-review publications. He has also edited two books and authored multiple book chapters, including "Development of Respiratory System and Control of Breathing" in Avery and MacDonald's Neonatology, 8th Edition. With CNRI as the sponsoring institution, Dr. Hunt is the P.I. for an NICHD clinical trial (2017-2022) entitled "Intermittent Hypoxia and Caffeine in Infants Born Preterm."

Research & Publications