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Singer Receives $1.9 Million Grant to Study Progress of Premature Infants


Lynn T. Singer, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the division of general medical sciences, has received a $1.9 million, four-year grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services to continue follow-up studies into early adolescence of children who were born prematurely and suffer from a lung condition called bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD).


Her work examines how BPD affects children's thinking ability, language, behavior and other factors. She and her associates also examine stresses on the families associated with parenting children who were born with BPD and at a very low birth weight.


The new phase of the study will assess children at 14 years of age and will have the study continuously funded for 17 years, making it the longest and most comprehensive study of BPD in the nation.