UA Pediatrics Professor Dr. Alan Bedrick Appointed Executive Director of Critical Path Institute’s ‘International Neonatal Consortium’

As executive director of INC, Dr. Bedrick is responsible for the overall strategic planning and management of collaborative research endeavors among academic neonatologists, industry clinical staff and regulatory agency staff that will accelerate an understanding of medicine use in neonates.

Alan Bedrick, MDAlan Bedrick, MD, professor and division chief of neonatology at the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, was appointed executive director of the International Neonatal Consortium (INC), established recently by the Critical Path Institute (C-Path). 

The consortium was launched in May at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in London during a workshop focused on developing and implementing new therapies for neonates. INC’s purpose is to develop practical tools that can be incorporated into clinical trials for neonates, which then should lead to more successful, efficient trials and provide this population with better treatments.

As executive director, Dr. Bedrick is responsible for the overall strategic planning and management of collaborative research endeavors among academic neonatologists, industry clinical staff and regulatory agency staff that will accelerate an understanding of medicine use in neonates. Dr. Bedrick will continue to serve as division chief for neonatology at the UA Department of Pediatrics.

“The International Neonatal Consortium embodies the collaborative nature of the Arizona Health Sciences Center, which has major multi-disciplinary initiatives in health disparities, population health, pediatrics, translational medicine and many other areas,” said Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, UA senior vice president for health sciences. “We welcome the opportunity to partner with C-Path to more rapidly develop better treatments for this vulnerable population.”

INC will concentrate on conditions commonly observed in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). Therapeutic areas include neonatal brain, lung and gastrointestinal injury; neonatal sepsis; retinopathy of prematurity; and neonatal abstinence syndrome. Workshop participants prioritized an array of high-impact initiatives, such as developing clinical trials to assess the efficacy of treatments.

“The rapidly changing and unique physiology of neonates presents therapeutic challenges not seen in older patients,” said Dr. Bedrick. “The International Neonatal Consortium will tap resources throughout the world, including academic institutions, regulatory agencies and biopharmaceutical companies, to address the urgent needs for the care and treatment of neonates.”

About the Critical Path Institute
The Critical Path Institute is an independent, non-profit organization based in Tucson that brings together pharmaceutical, academic, government and non-profit organizations to work on drug and medical product development challenges.

About the UA Department of Pediatrics
The UA Department of Pediatrics is dedicated to teaching the next generation of pediatricians, providing outstanding clinical care to children in Tucson and Southern Arizona, and conducting groundbreaking research through the UA Steele Children's Research Center

Faculty and pediatric residents provide clinical care to children at Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center and affiliated outpatient clinics throughout Tucson. In addition to providing clinical care, faculty teach medical students through the department’s clerkship program, and pediatric residents through the Pediatric Residency Program, and the Combined Emergency Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program. The department also offers fellowship programs in pediatric endocrinology and pediatric pulmonology medicine. Steele Center researchers advance science through basic science and translational research in areas such as pediatric cancer, type 1 diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, pulmonary diseases, developmental disorders and neonatology to name a few.

About The Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC)
The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC) is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. AHSC is comprised of the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, AHSC reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater desert Southwest in providing cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, AHSC employs almost 5,000 people, has nearly 1,000 faculty members and garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: http://ahsc.arizona.edu