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UCLA Neonatologist Honored by the Western Society of Pediatric Research

Date: 02/26/2008
Contact: Amy Albin ()
Phone: 310-794-8672

Dr. Vedang LondheDr. Vedang Londhe (Porter Ranch), assistant professor of pediatrics in the division of neonatology at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, received the 2008 Ross Award in Research by a Young Investigator at the Western Society of Pediatric Research annual meeting in Carmel, CA, on Jan. 31.

The society, a regional organization that encourages basic and clinical research relevant to pediatric diseases, presents the award to emerging young faculty members in recognition of their outstanding research in a field related to pediatrics.

Londhe's research focuses on the role of inflammation during lung development.  He is currently coordinating four major projects designed to investigate the role of inflammation on lung development and stem cell homeostasis. 

Londhe has published eight peer-reviewed articles, authored two textbook chapters and consistently presented his work at annual national meetings.  He has received five research grants and is currently funded by a NIH award and a UCLA Faculty Research Grant.

Londhe's career goals include becoming an independent scientist and developing expertise in the field of alveolar formation and stem cell regulation.  In addition, he plans to continue his involvement in clinical patient care and in the teaching and training of future academic physician scientists.

Londhe earned his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago.  He then completed his pediatric residency at Kaiser Foundation Hospital (Oakland), and a neonatology Fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. He joined UCLA's division of neonatology in 2002.

Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, one of the highest-rated children's hospitals in Southern California, is a vital component of UCLA Medical Center, which is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the third best hospital in nation and best in the Western United States.  Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA offers a full spectrum of primary and specialized medical care for infants, children and adolescents. The hospital's mission is to provide state?of-the-art treatment for children in a compassionate atmosphere, as well as to improve the understanding and treatment of pediatric diseases. For more information, visit www.uclahealth.org/mattel.