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Josef Neu, M.D.

Josef NeuDivision

Neonatology

Academic Title

Professor; Director of Neonatology Fellowship Training Program

Contact Information

352-392-4195 (phone)
352-273-9054 (fax)
neuj@peds.ufl.edu

Office

Human Development Building

Website

Division of Neonatology

Research Overview

Nutrition and the GI environment in the neonate have major effects not only during infancy, but for the entire lifetime of the individual, and this can even span generations due to epigenetic effects. Our lab has several ongoing projects that involve the requirements for certain amino acids such as glutamine and arginine in very low birthweight infants, the effect of various nutrients on subsequent development of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, the effect of the intestinal commnensal microflora and probiotics on intestinal development, and the effects of novel nutritional agents on retinal diseases such as retinopathy of prematurity. Our work spans from evaluation of basic mechanisms of nutrients in cell cultures, studies in animal models and translation of these to and from studies in human infants.

Key Publications

Additional publications can be found in PubMed.

  1. Neu J. Perinatal and neonatal manipulation of the intestinal microbiome: a note of caution. Nutr Rev. 2007 Jun;65(6 Pt 1):282-5. Review.
  2. Neu J. Arginine supplementation for neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis: are we ready? Br J Nutr. 2007 May;97(5):814-5.
  3. Neu J, Douglas-Escobar M, Lopez M Microbes and the developing gastrointestinal tract.8
  4. Nutr Clin Pract. 2007 Apr;22(2):174-82. Review.
  5. Neu J. Gastrointestinal development and meeting the nutritional needs of premature infants.Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Feb;85(2):629S-634S. Review.