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Department of Pediatrics

Janessa Law, MD

Associated with Fellowship
Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship
Professional Bio

Clinical Interests: Practicing evidence-based medicine to optimize care for critically ill neonates with a focus on improving neurodevelopmental outcomes in high-risk infants.

Scholarly Focus: Dr. Law’s research focus includes neuroprotection and neuro-repair for neonates affected by hypoxic ischemic brain injury at birth. She studies the use of human neural stem cells as a possible treatment option in a rodent model of hypoxia-ischemia. She is part of the Neonatal Neuroscience Laboratory studying the potential use of neuroprotective agents to decrease neonatal brain injury in a ferret model of neonatal encephalopathy. She is also Director of the Brain Research Advancement in Neonatology (BRAIN) Team – a collaborative group of Neonatologists with a mission to improve neonatal neurodevelopment with research projects ranging from basic science to public health.

Research Funding:

2019-2021          Stem cells in addition to hypothermia for neuroprotection in perinatal hypoxic-ischemic brain injury, Thrasher Grant Research Foundation. Role: PI, Total Award: $26,750

Administration/Education Roles: Dr. Law’s primary administrative role is as Director of the BRAIN Team which meets weekly to plan, organize, and complete projects related to the group’s focus on neonatal neuroprotection. She is a member of the Neonatology Fellowship Clinical Competency Committee which meets twice yearly to ensure fellows are supported and on track for success. Whether working with advanced neonatal fellows or starting medical students, Dr. Law's primary teaching goal is to demonstrate and encourage critical thinking and inquiry while seeking to practice evidence-based medicine. She also provides an annual talk to the Neonatology Fellows regarding the importance of mental health and self-care in academia.

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