Miller School Neonatology Fellow Presents Research at Pediatrics Meeting in Japan

Keyur Donda, M.D., a third-year fellow in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, was honored with an invitation to present his research at the 121st annual meeting of the Japan Pediatric Society (JPS).

Using an animal model, Donda has been investigating brochopulmonary dysplasia, a neonatal lung injury that affects thousands of premature infants each year. His research centered on testing whether a novel drug known as Riociguat could protect against this form of lung injury. His findings of a protective effect from the medication could have important implications in the care of vulnerable premature infants.

Donda, who is mentored by Shu Wu, M.D., professor of clinical pediatrics and director of the Neonatal Developmental Biology Laboratory, received the invitation from JPS President Shinichi Hirose, M.D., Ph.D. Donda and Geoffrey A. Preidis, M.D., Ph.D., at Baylor College of Medicine, were the only two U.S. pediatric fellows to receive this honor.

The JPS annual meeting brings together approximately 7,000 academic pediatricians and health care providers from all over the world. One of its goals is to ignite a passion for research in pediatricians, residents and fellows in Japan.

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