Alumni

DAWN GANO, MD, MAS

Dr. Gano is an Assistant Professor of Neurology & Pediatrics at UCSF. She obtained a BSc in Microbiology & Immunology from McGill University, and her MD from McMaster University. She completed residency training in pediatric neurology at the University of British Columbia in Canada, a subsequent fellowship in neonatal neurology, as well as a MAS in clinical research methodology at UCSF. Dr. Gano’s research focuses on the promotion of brain health in premature newborns through the identification of modifiable risk factors for brain injury, abnormal brain development, and adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes. With the support of her PTBi Fellowship, she studied the clinical predictors of MRI-detected cerebellar hemorrhage in preterm infants. She and her colleagues found that cerebellar hemorrhage is much more common in preterm infants than had been previously recognized. They also demonstrated a significantly reduced risk of cerebellar hemorrhage among infants with antenatal exposure to magnesium sulphate, regardless of indication for use. After completing her PTBi Fellowship in 2017, Dr. Gano focused on exploring ways to improve implementation of magnesium sulphate for neuroprotection in preterm infants, and understanding the effects of cerebellar hemorrhage on neurodevelopment. She will also join the PTBi California Aim 2C Postnatal Research Team as a faculty investigator. 

 

MELISSA MORGAN, MD, MS

Dr. Morgan is an assistant professor in the UCSF Division of Neonatology and a faculty affiliate in UCSF Global Health Sciences. She received a MSc in Global Health Science from Oxford University and a MD from University of Texas, Houston. She completed her pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at UCSF. Her early research focused on implementation of neonatal pulse oximetry and transcutaneous bilirubinometry screening at facilities in Kenya and India, respectively. She also works with PRONTO International on simulation-based obstetric and neonatal emergency training for midwives in Bihar. In collaboration with investigators at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and Makerere University, her fellowship research explored the feasibility and acceptability of kangaroo care for clinically unstable infants weighing less than 2000 grams at Jinja Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda. Dr. Morgan received a Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Award to help support this study in 2015. Dr. Morgan is continuing her collaborative studies about KC for clinically unstable infants in Uganda, as well as her work with investigators at UCSF, PRONTO International, and Care India on the evaluation of simulation-based neonatal and obstetric emergency training in India. She is also currently pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health at LSHTM.