How can we protect the lungs of premature infants from further damage?
Michael O’Reilly PH.D., who studies the developmental origins of lung disease, hopes to pursue research on the life cycle of alveolar type II cells. In theory, the lungs of premature infants prune away too many type II cells.
“Right now, we don’t really understand the biology of that,” said O’Reilly. “But once we do, that opens the door to exploring a potential treatment.”
Infants Born Preterm May Lack Key Lung Cells Later In Life