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Thomas elected chair of pediatric critical care clinical research network

Members of the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators (PALISI) clinical research network elected Dr. Neal Thomas, associate dean for clinical research at Penn State College of Medicine, as their next chair.

A head-and-shoulders professional photo of Neal Thomas

Neal Thomas, MD, MSc

Thomas will serve in the role for the next three years. He will lead the international research network as it identifies therapeutic and preventive strategies for acute respiratory distress syndrome, sepsis, multi-organ failure and other acute, life-threatening pulmonary or systemic inflammatory syndromes that affect infants and children.

Formed in 2002, PALISI’s clinical researchers come from more than 90 pediatric intensive care units across North America and beyond.

Their goal is to improve the care and health outcomes of critically ill infants and children throughout the world through multi-center research studies.

“It is an honor to be chosen by my colleagues across the network to lead our group for the next three years,” said Thomas.

“PALISI is unlike any other research network, and the passion, drive and willingness to collaborate to improve the outcomes of critically ill children have greatly impacted how we treat children in pediatric intensive care units across the world every day.”

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