The 25 Club provided funds for research and treatment to prevent brain damage in newborns with severe jaundice [Kernicterus] to Dr. Jon Watchko.
Dr. Jon Watchko’s research investigates promising drugs to prevent kernicterus, a rare neurological condition that occurs in some neonates with severe jaundice. Kernicterus is caused by very high levels of bilirubin, a yellow pigment that is created in the body during the normal recycling of old red blood cells. High levels of bilirubin in the body can cause the skin to look yellow. If left untreated, hazardous levels of bilirubin can cause brain damage and eventually death. His work impacts the care of newborns worldwide.”
Physician thankful for The 25 Club’s care for most vulnerable citizens
Dr. Jon Watchko, Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Division of Newborn Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.