Main topics of our research are:
- Avoidance of inhomogeneous lung ventilation in premature infants. Pulmonary emphysema and pneumothorax are clinical hallmarks of ventilation induced lung injuries. We investigate whether modulations of the I:E ratio homogenize ventilation distribution in the premature lung.
- Ventilation in pediatric lung failure secondary to stem cell transplantation. We aim to assess the scope of PARDS in these patients, characterize the underlying pathophysiology and to formulate ventilation strategies to changes and formulate ventilation strategies to improve the outcome of this often fatal lung diseases post stem cell transplantation.
- Human milk treatment devices. Human milk increases the short and long-term outcomes of premature infants but handling practices reduce the quality of human milk. We develop and test novel human milk treatment devices aiming for CMV inactivation and reduction of bacterial load.
- Improving pediatric intensive care for families. Intensive care treatment of children is a major stress factor for patients and their families. We are aiming to understand the relationships of families and the ICU environment, to identify stressors and protective factors, in order to provide care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values.
Stiftungsfonds – University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
Jan und Berta Schmidt-Stiftung, Burghausen, Germany