In the first year, fellows identify an area of interest for research and find a preceptor with whom they develop a research project which they will work on over the following two years. They are also assigned a Scholarship Oversight Committee, and take a course through which they become credentialed in ethics of human research. Fellows must attend and present at national meetings, and submit original work for publication in peer reviewed journals.
Various clinical and basic science research opportunities are available to fellows. Current expertise within the division is strongest in clinical research, perinatal epidemiology, quality improvement, outcomes research and clinical bioethics. Our research interests focus primarily on surfacant therapy, prevention of infection, necrotizing enterocolitis, hypothermia treatment for HIE, PDA management, procedural safety, informed consent, and clinical informatics. In addition, basic research training is available under the supervision of investigators in basic science disciplines at the Albany Medical College. Another basic research opportunity stems from our close proximity to the major research facility of the New York State Department of Health. Clinical projects in NICU include multi-center studies on perinatal HIV management, immunoglobulins for prevention of nosocomial infection, hypothermia for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, and neonatal and perinatal databases. There are ongoing quality improvement projects in intubation safety and processes to minimize medication errors. The NICU is a member of the Vermont Oxford Network and the New York Statewide Perinatal Data System.
Please see the Faculty page for links to representative publications and recent projects or abstracts.