Dr. Ann Davis Awarded $2.2 Million NIH Grant
Research Collaboration Addresses Feeding Problems of Children with Chronic Medical Conditions
Ann Davis, PhD, MPH, ABPP, Director of the Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition and Ralph L. Smith Professor of Pediatrics at KU Medical Center, has been awarded a $2.2 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health. Investigators from Children’s Mercy Kansas City, KU Medical Center, Children’s Hospital New Orleans and Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego will investigate “The Safety and Efficacy of Megesterol as Part of an Outpatient Feeding Protocol for Children with Chronic Medical Conditions.”
The purpose of the study is to assess the effectiveness of iKanEat, an outpatient multicomponent treatment designed to transition children from tube to oral feeding, specifically conducting a randomized controlled trial of a medication called megesterol that is a component of the treatment.
“We are excited about this opportunity to examine additional options for families facing the challenges of managing a child with tube feeding and transitioning a child from tube to oral feeding,” said Dr. Davis, the principal investigator on the study. “Our team developed a novel, interdisciplinary outpatient protocol for transitioning children from tube to oral feeding called iKanEat. We are grateful for the support of the NIH to carry out this important work that is designed to improve the quality of lives for parents and medically compromised children.”
Sarah Edwards, DO, Pediatric Gastroenterology, is the PI at Children’s Mercy. Jose Cocjin, MD, Pediatric Gastroenterology, is a co-investigator, and Kelsey Dean, MS, RD, LD, CCRP, is the project coordinator.
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