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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Gregory receives funding for premature infant health research

Assistant Professor Katherine Gregory has received grant funding from the Harvard Clinical Nutrition Research Center for her research on metabolic aspects of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants.

Assistant Professor Katherine Gregory has received grant funding from the Harvard Clinical Nutrition Research Center for her research on metabolic aspects of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants. NEC is a common and devastating illness found in premature infants, and the focus of Gregory’s work on premature infant gastrointestinal health.

Metabolomics is an emerging field that aims to describe the distribution of human metabolites in order to better understand the relationship between genotype and phenotype. Through classifying these small molecule metabolites found in an organism, scientists hope to bridge the gap in knowledge between disease pathogenesis and prediction.

With the help of this grant, as well as intramural funding from the Dean's Research Stimulus Grant Program, Gregory will collect stool samples from preterm infants and apply metabolomic analysis as a means of predicting NEC. The use of stool samples is advantageous in that it will not deplete these vulnerable infants of their limited blood volume.

Gregory will conduct this research in partnership with Harvard Medical School Associate Professor Dr. Bruce Kristal, a molecular biologist and expert in metabolomics.