Dr. Christoph Fusch has been appointed the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation/Jack Sinclair Chair in Neonatology at McMaster University effective April 1, 2008. An event was held on January 25 to celebrate the inaugural holder of the endowed chair provided by the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation and McMaster University.
Dr. Fusch obtained his MD (1984) and pediatric qualifications at the University of Tuebingen, Germany. Following completion of sub-specialization in neonatology and a PhD working in research using magnetic resonance technology, he was appointed as professor and chair of neonatology at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University Greifswald (Germany). Over 10 years, Dr. Fusch spearheaded a successful transformation of the neonatal unit into a modern perinatal centre with a strong clinical and research program. From 2003 to 2005 Dr. Fusch took on a broader role as acting medical director and the president of the Executive Board of the University Hospital at Greifswald.
As a productive clinician-scientist, Dr. Fusch has authored more than 100 scientific papers published in leading journals related to neonatal care, nutrition, growth and brain development. He enjoys national and international recognition as invited speaker and session chairman at many scientific conferences. He is president of the German Society for Newborn Screening.
The current focus of Dr. Fusch's clinical research is on evidence-based strategies to improve the short and long-term outcomes of premature infants and high-risk term neonates. A key area is identification of factors that will optimize normal brain development and function in infants born very preterm. A multidisciplinary approach aims to identify conditions during fetal and early postnatal life which are mandatory for normal development and risk factors for impaired brain development. In addition, his exploration of the early determinants of adult disease in prematurely born infants aims to determine the ideal nutritional regimen to support the optimum postnatal growth trajectory for brain and body associated with the lowest risk for metabolic or cardiovascular disease in later life
At McMaster, Dr. Fusch is establishing state-of-the art interdisciplinary facilities including a metabolic research unit in the NICU providing the basis for complex studies on nutrient balances/turnover and body composition, a metabolic lab working with different analytical mass spec devices for the complex analysis of biomarkers, and a placenta lab allowing dual ex-vivo perfusion of the placenta to study items such as protein/hormone release and substrate transfer.