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Team to study link between BPD and adult heart disease

In a new $3.27 million R01 grant from the National Institutes for Health, Pediatrics and Biomedical Engineering Associate Professor Marlowe W. Eldridge and Biomedical Engineering Associate Professor Naomi Chesler will research how bronchopulmonary dysplasia, a common condition in low-birth-weight infants, acts as a predictor of right heart failure in adulthood. Finding such a correlation could greatly inform treatment strategies for specific patients who develop heart conditions later in life.

“A group of well-studied very low-birth-weight infants (1-3 pounds), including those who did and did not develop BPD, are now reaching adulthood,” say the researchers. “We have a unique and important opportunity to investigate the consequences of BPD on lung and right heart function in this population.” 

Mark Riechers
11/1/2012