University of Vermont

UVM Receives NIH Award for Complex Network Analysis Related to Health Outcomes in Very Low Birth Weight Infants

MaggieThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $419,000 over two years for transdisciplinary research that will apply complex systems approaches to studying innovation and dissemination of health care improvement for very low birth weights in infants.  These infants are treated in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) and are closely monitored and provided with an array of life support measures and intensive interventions.  While they account for only one percent of births, they account for half of infant deaths in the United States each year.

Dr. Margaret (Maggie) J. Eppstein from the UVM CEMS Department of Computer Science and Dr. Jeffrey D. Horbar, MD in the UVM Peds-Neonatology Department received the award for their research entitled, “Analysis of a collaborative worldwide network of neonatal ICUs”. 

Additional researchers include Dr. Donna M. Rizzo in the School of Engineering, Dr. Stuart A. Kauffman in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics and Biochemistry Departments, and consultant Ronald S. Burt, the Hobart W. Williams Professor of Sociology and Strategy from the Chicago Booth School of Business.

The research will look at the evolving interactions in the Vermont Oxford Network (VON) that impact health outcomes. VON was formed in 1990 as a not-for-profit.