Maria Luz V Dizon

  • 360 Citations

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Research Interests

In my lab, we are interested in understanding mechanisms leading to newborn brain injury, especially preterm brain injury. Our research focuses on the impact of hypoxia-ischemia on the development of cells of the oligodendroglial lineage. Our strategy is to genetically manipulate bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling in an attempt to regenerate white matter lost to perinatal hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain injury. Currently, we are exploring the role of microRNAs in oligodendroglial differentiation. We are particularly interested in how microRNA-21 may modulate BMP signaling. With my clinical colleagues, we are exploring biomarkers for the development of cerebral palsy, including microRNAs. Finally, I am interested in variances in the management of neonatal encephalopathy. Through the Children's Hospital Neonatal Database HI encephalopathy workgroup, we continue to examine intercenter variation in medical management and resource utilization.

I have been an attending neonatologist in the Division of Neonatology since the early 2000s, and have been a proud contributor to the growth of our division, our department and our hospital over the years. I completed my subspecialty training at Northwestern University following general pediatrics training at Boston City Hospital. Although originally a Texan, Chicago is my sweet home.

As Co-Director of our NeuroNICU program, we are working to heighten brain-awareness in the clinical management of our babies, as well as increase opportunities for clinical research that will improve the neurodevelopmental outcomes of our patients in the future.

Certifications and Licenses

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Training Experience

1997Residency, Boston City Hospital
2002Fellowship, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Children’s Memorial Hospital)

Education/Academic qualification

MD, Texas Tech University

… → 1994

Research interests

  • Brain Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Critical Care
  • Neuroscience

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Research Output

  • 360 Citations
  • 17 Article
  • 3 Chapter
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Short survey

Antimicrobial therapy utilization in neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE): a report from the Children’s Hospital Neonatal Database (CHND)

Rao, R., Lee, K. S., Zaniletti, I., Yanowitz, T. D., DiGeronimo, R., Dizon, M. L. V., Hamrick, S. E., Natarajan, G., Peeples, E. S., Murthy, K., Mathur, A. M. & Massaro, A., Jan 1 2020, In : Journal of Perinatology. 40, 1, p. 70-78 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Practice variation in anti-epileptic drug use for neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy among regional NICUs

    Dizon, M. L. V., Rao, R., Hamrick, S. E., Zaniletti, I., Digeronimo, R., Natarajan, G., Kaiser, J. R., Flibotte, J., Lee, K. S., Smith, D., Yanowitz, T., Mathur, A. M. & Massaro, A. N., Feb 27 2019, In : BMC Pediatrics. 19, 1, 67.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Scopus citations

    Withdrawal of Life-Support in Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy

    Children's Hospitals Neonatal Consortium (CHNC), Feb 1 2019, In : Pediatric neurology. 91, p. 20-26 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Scopus citations

    Intrauterine growth restriction and hyperoxia as a cause of white matter injury

    Chang, J. L., Bashir, M., Santiago, C., Farrow, K., Fung, C., Brown, A. S., Dettman, R. W. & Dizon, M. L. V., Dec 1 2018, In : Developmental Neuroscience. 40, 4, p. 344-357 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations