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UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh has launched a new medical podcast series for physicians, scientists and other health care professionals featuring the hospital’s leading researchers and clinicians. Episodes of “That’s Pediatrics” will include compelling interviews with scientists at UPMC Children’s Hospital who are performing innovative basic, translational, and clinical research.
In this episode, Liza Konnikova, MD, PhD, FAAP, discusses research in early immune development. Dr. Konnikova is a neonatologist at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and an assistant professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Developmental Biology, and Immunology in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Her lab focuses on the development of neonatal immunity at mucosal surfaces and its role in the pathogenesis of diverse diseases such as sepsis, preterm labor, necrotizing enterocolitis, and very-early onset IBD (VEO-IBD). She has pioneered the application of mass cytometry to frozen mucosal biopsies, helping to improve our understanding of mucosal immunity. This innovation has helped to identify novel populations of immune cells in VEO-IBD and to perform serial monitoring of IBD activity during drug trials.
Click here to listen to “Researching Early Immune Development.” Subscribe to “That’s Pediatrics” on iTunes or Google Play Music to have new episodes automatically download to your phone for free when they become available.