Richard J. Schanler, MD

Investigator, Center for Immunology and Inflammation, The Feinstein Institute for Medical research

Co-Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Research Laboratory,
Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York

Professor of Pediatrics, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Phone: (516) 562-4665

Research Focus

The Neonatal-Perinatal Research Laboratory of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine actively studies the area of neonatal nutrition and common, critical inflammatory disorders of the newborn. The nutrition studies, led by Dr. Richard Schanler, focus on the compositional changes in human milk and the effect of processing on human milk, as well as the clinical benefits of expressed human milk in the extremely premature infant. The studies on inflammation start with the fetal inflammatory response syndrome and its relationship to the development of chronic lung disease and brain injury after birth in premature infants.

The investigators are working on potential novel anti-inflammatory therapies, specifically potential cytokine and gene therapies. The nutritional and anti-inflammatory studies complement each other with the goal to provide better outcomes for infants in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Lab Members

Kavita Kasat, MD
Research: Studies the adaptive neonatal immune response and the fetal inflammatory response.

Mohamed Ahmed, MD, PhD
Research: Studies focuses on hyperoxia-induced acute lung injury among preterm neonates. He is working on developing new therapeutic modalities using gene therapy technology through over-expression of human extracellular superoxide dismutase in-vitro and in-vivo.

Champa Codipilly, PhD
Assistant Investigator