Newborn Research Support Service

The Newborn Research Support Service (NuRSERy) program facilitates pediatric research that begins with the birth of a child. The NuRSERy is located at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, the region’s largest maternity care and referral center for high-risk births. The Mother-Baby Unit provides postpartum care to 10,000 healthy mothers and babies annually. The Magee Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) cares for more than 1,000 premature or medically fragile babies per year, a quarter of whom are born before 32 weeks gestation. The size and diversity of the population at Magee affords rich opportunities for research to improve the health of the regions’ families.

The NuRSERy provides staff support for planning and conducting clinical and translational research studies in newborn infants and their families. The NuRSERy aims to forge strong and lasting collaborations with investigators from diverse disciplines across the University of Pittsburgh, UPMC and the region.


  • Preliminary budget assistance for pre-award submissions
  • Letters of support for grant proposals
  • Study protocol development for studies that will utilize on-site NuRSERy services
  • On-site staff assist investigators with:
    • Coordinating participant recruitment and consent
    • Performing study procedures (physical exams, biological sample collection, survey and/or study material collection)
    • Scheduling participant visits and follow-ups


Spenser Shaffer, BSN, RN
Phone: 412-692-7750