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Christopher M. Traudt, MD

Christopher M. Traudt, MD


On staff since August 2010

Academic Title: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

"Caring for infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit combines my interest in science with my passion for helping children. Babies born many weeks early show few outward signs of the life-threatening problems they are experiencing. You need to think like a scientist to determine how to help them. I love being involved in research that improves care for these extremely fragile infants. I also love guiding parents through their child's stay in the NICU. The joy in their faces when they finally go home with their baby is incredibly rewarding."


Board Certification(s)
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Medical/Professional School
University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha
Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Clinical Interests

The application of family centered care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU can be very intimidating to parents and he believes that care of the infant is incomplete without parental guidance throughout the NICU stay.

Research Description

Improving neurodevelopment outcomes of infants in the NICU. He is investigating the effects of neonatal brain injury on cerebellum development. Ex- preterm infants are known to have several long-term difficulties including Autism like features, learning impairments and motor impairments which are associated with cerebellar injury. How brain injury affects cerebellar development is unknown, however several studies have shown that the cerebellar development is impaired by preterm birth. He along with Drs. Juul and Studholme will be studying how head bleeds affects cerebellum growth to be able to design trails of neuroprotection.

Awards and Honors

Award NameAward DescriptionAwarded ByAward Date
Pediatric Research Best Paper Travel Award for Young InvestigatorsBest new paper by a young investigator.Pediatric ResearchMay 1, 2014
David E. Woodrum Faculty Teaching AwardExcellence in fellow teaching.Neonatology FellowsJune 30, 2013
Pediatrics Endowed Professorship for Research Faculty DevelopmentDepartment of Pediatrics, University of Washington 2013


Systemic glycerol decreases neonatal rabbit brain and cerebellar growth independent of intraventricular hemorrhage.
Pediatric research , 2014 Mar: 75(3)389-94
Concurrent Erythropoietin and Hypothermia Treatment Improve Outcomes in a Term Nonhuman Primate Model of Perinatal Asphyxia.
Developmental neuroscience , 2013 Nov 1
Erythropoietin as a neuroprotectant for neonatal brain injury: animal models.
Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) , 2013: 982113-26
Non-hematopoietic effects of Erythropoietin.
Hematology, immunology, and infectious disease: neonatology questions and controversies, 2nd ed , 2012: 49-56
Postnatal morphine administration alters hippocampal development in rats.
Journal of neuroscience research , 2012 Jan: 90(1)307-14


Presentations TitleEventLocationDate
Preventing Hydrocephalus after BleedingHydrocephalus Research Roundtable Center for Integrative Brain Research, SeattleMay 2014
Acquired Cerebellar InjuryAcquired CNS Injury, Collaborative Research Areas SymposiumSeattleJune 2013
Perinatal Injury to the CerebellumMonthly Research Seminar Series of The University of Washington-based Principal InvestigatorsSeattle, WAMay 2013
Neuroprotection in NeonatesUniversity of Washington Continuing Nursing Education, Clinical Pharmacology Series-2012 Neonatal Drug TherapySeattle, WAMay 2012
Case Study of Cerebral Palsy (CP) after Neonatal Encephalopathy (NE) in a Macaque Model. Pediatric Academic SocietiesBoston, MAApril 2012

Research Funding

Grant TitleGrantorAmountAward Date
Mechanisms of cerebellar injury after posterior fossa hemorrhage.Pediatrics Endowed Professorship for Research Faculty Development $, $125,000Oct. 1, 2013 - Sept. 30, 2016
Cerebellar Development Disruption After Perinatal Brain InjuryK12 CHRC Scholar Development Award, Child Health Research Center subcontract, NIH NICHD $, $170,000Jan. 1, 2012 - Dec. 31, 2014
Optimizing neuroprotection following perinatal asphyxiaNIH NICHD R01-HD-52820-01A2 June 1, 2007 - May 31, 2013

Primary Office

University of Washington
UW Box 356320 - Neonatology
1959 NE Pacific St
Seattle, WA 98195-6320

Additional Offices

Seattle Children's
M1-12 - NICU Administration
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Franciscan Health System
PO Box 2197
Tacoma, WA 98401

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