Defining the role of thrombospondin in newborn lung injury

Premature birth is the leading cause of early childhood death worldwide and remains the major cause of disability in Canadian children. Bronchopulmonary dysplasia or BPD is a chronic injury to the immature newborn lung that arises in about half of survivors born extremely premature, leading to a high risk of death and long-term issues with breathing. Senior Scientist Dr. Robert Jankov received a Research Growth Award to begin to define the role of the protein thrombospondin in newborn lung injury. The Research Growth Awards are funded by community support through the CHEO Foundation.