Useful Links for Parents and Clinicians

This blog by neonatologist and clinical researcher Keith J. Barrington is an attempt to help others in the field access the important neonatal research literature without delay.

Keith J. Barrington is chief of service at Sainte Justine University Health Center in Montral and Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Montral, Canada. He is chair of the Society of Neonatologists of Qubec. His particular research interests are in cardiovascular support, in apnea and its treatment, in the ethics of decision making for high risk newborns, and in anything in clinical care that might affect outcomes. The 22 of May 2005 he had a very preterm baby girl at 24 weeks gestation, her hand is in the banner photograph on this blog, with his ring around her wrist. She is now in first year of school.

Clinical Trials Registry is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. Search for "hypotension AND newborn" to find information on the various trials for the treatment of hypotension amongst preterm babies.

NEMO study

This is the website of NEMO, an EU FP7 funded multicentered European study of neonatal seizures and their treatment. The aim of the NEMO study is to develop an effective antiepileptic drug regimen suitable for treatment of seizures in newborn babies using innovative strategies targeted specifically to the needs and peculiarities of babies. Therefore, NEMO stands for: Treatment of NEonatal seizures with Medication Off-patent: evaluation of efficacy and safety of bumetanide.

European Medicines Agency

The European Medicines Agency is a decentralised body of the European Union located in London, United Kingdom. The Agency is responsible for the scientific evaluation of medicines developed by pharmaceutical companies for use in the European Union. The European Medicines Agency is also responsible for coordinating inspections to verify compliance with the principles of good manufacturing practice (GMP), good clinical practice (GCP), good laboratory practice (GLP) and good pharmacovigilance practice (GVP). Inspections also verify compliance with other aspects of the supervision of authorised medicinal products in use in the European Union.

Search for "dopamine" to in the "Find medicine" section to find information about current research in this field.

Health Canada/Sant Canada

Health Canada is the Federal department of the Canadian Governement responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, while respecting individual choices and circumstances. To improve the health of Canadian citizens, the Federal department relies on high-quality scientific research as the basis for their work and communicates information about disease prevention to protect Canadians from avoidable risks - amond many other activities. The website is available in English and French.