Kelli Ryckman, PhD
Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Pediatrics
Ryckman is distinguished for her work to improve health outcomes for babies, particularly those who were born preterm or with a low birth weight. She also is the State Hygienic Laboratory’s 2016-2017 Public Health Ambassador, and in that capacity promotes awareness of the laboratory’s maternal and newborn screening.
A full listing of Dr Ryckman’s research can be found at Ryckman Publications
Some select publications include:
- Ethnic differences in the relationship between birth weight and type 2 diabetes mellitus in postmenopausal women.
- Maternal factors and complications of preterm birth associated with neonatal thyroid stimulating hormone
- Low birth weight and risk of later-life physical disability in women
- Pregnancy-related changes of amino acid and acylcarnitine concentrations: The impact of obesity
John Dagle, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics and Biochemistry
Some of Dagle’s research is below.
A full listing of Dr. Dagle’s research can be found at Dagle publications
Lane Strathearn, MBBS, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Endowed Chair for Pediatric Neurodevelopment and Physician Director of the Center for Disabilities and Development.
Dr. Strathearn also directs the UI Attachment and Neurodevelopment Lab
His research and clinical work focuses on the neurobiology of mother-infant attachment, and neurodevelopmental disabilities such as autism. This includes a longitudinal study of women and their infants, examining maternal brain and hormone responses to infant facial expressions using functional MRI. His work explores the development of attachment behavior, and how drugs of abuse may highjack these relationships. He is also studying the long-term effects of child maltreatment on cognitive and emotional development, and early childhood factors that may help to protect against abuse or neglect. His research has drawn upon the Mater-University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy (MUSP) birth cohort of over 8000 mothers and children who have been followed over 20 years. His most recent research funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health examines maternal brain responses of drug-addicted mothers, and the potential role of intranasal oxytocin to enhance parental caregiving.
A full listing of Dr Strathearn’s research can be found at Strathearn publications
Tara Colaizy, MD
Dr. Tara Colaizy is a neonatologist and epidemiologist whose research focuses on nutrition, breastfeeding, and the neurodevelopmental outcomes of former very pretem infants. She is also the medical director of the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa https://uichildrens.org/mothers-milk-bank-iowa, and has been involved in research regarding donor human milk since 2005. Dr. Colaizy is currently studying the factors contributing to survival in infants born between 22 and 25 weeks, and the developmental outcomes of extreme preterm birth.