DOR investigators have built an international reputation in research on childhood vaccines, clinical interventions, and quality of care for infants admitted to neonatal intensive care units, as well as childhood conditions including asthma, autism, and obesity.
Some studies look at childhood health outcomes based on perinatal factors, such as the mother’s experience with gestational diabetes. For example, an ongoing study looks at trajectories of glycemic control in pregnant patients and obesity risk and growth trajectories in children.
Another significant initiative used robust Kaiser Permanente datasets to develop an innovative online calculator that helps to determine whether preterm and newborn babies are at risk of sepsis, a life-threatening systemic infection. The calculator is used by doctors in Kaiser Permanente’s neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) and at health care systems across the nation.