James Padbury, MD

Program Director, Advance-CTR
Pediatrician-In-Chief and Chief of Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine, Women and Infants Hospital
William and Mary Oh–William and Elsa Zopfi Professor of Pediatrics for Perinatal Research, Brown University
Vice Chair for Basic and Translational Research, Department of Pediatrics, Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Research Profile

James Padbury, MD, led an interdisciplinary team to secure the five-year Institutional Development Award (IDeA) that established Advance-CTR in 2016. Dr. Padbury serves as the program’s Principal Investigator and provides leadership and support for clinical and translational research in Rhode Island. He is also the Pediatrician-In-Chief and Chief of Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine at Women and Infants Hospital and an Oh–Zopfi Professor of Pediatrics and Perinatal Research at Brown University.

Dr. Padbury’s research focus is in cardiovascular and placental developmental biology and translational research. He has received other awards that include a program project grant in perinatal biology, establishment of T-32 supported perinatal biology training at WIH, a grant from HRSA for construction of the Kilguss Research Institute in Providence, Rhode Island, three Center of Biomedical Research Excellence Awards (COBRE) for Perinatal Biology, a shared equipment grant for an Illumina high throughput DNA sequencing platform for the Genomics Core, and two grants from the National Foundation March of Dimes to study the genetics of prematurity.

He serves as an extramural reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Heart Association, and the March of Dimes. He is a past Chair of the Child Health Advisory Committee of the Charles H. Hood Foundation, which awards research funds to new pediatric investigators in New England Universities. He is past Chair of the NIH Pregnancy and Neonatology Study Section (PN, 2001-07) and past member of the NIH NCRR Advisory Council. He is also a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Pediatrics, the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology and Molecular Reproduction and Development. He is a member of the Pathobiology, MCB and MPPB Interdepartmental Graduate Programs.

Dr. Padbury received his BS in biology (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of California at Irvine and his MD degree from UCLA. His postgraduate training in pediatrics and neonatology was taken at UCSF, Harvard University (Boston Children's Hospital) and UCLA. He was recruited to Brown University from UCLA in 1995.

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