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Belal Alshaikh

Position: 

Neonatologist, Department of Paediatrics

Phone: 
(403) 955-2320
Address: 

Alberta Children's Hospital
B4-273, 2888 Shaganappi Trail NW
Calgary AB  T3B 6A8

Research Activities: 

My research interests include Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), and neonatal nutrition and growth. NEC results in severe systemic inflammation, which is commonly identified as a major driver for poor neurodevelopment and suboptimal growth in preterm infants.  
Nutrition has many key roles in prevention of NEC and potentially modulates associated inflammation. Some nutrients have already proven to reduce incidence of NEC.  Many others have the potential to modulate inflammatory response to this disease. I am currently studying effects of using fish oil lipid emulsion that contains Omega-3 fatty acids on inflammation associated with NEC and other neonatal morbidities. Furthermore, I am conducting a study to address the relationship between intestinal microbiome and the development of NEC.
I also published studies on antimicrobial therapy and association between sepsis and neurodevelopmental outcomes.     

Research Areas: 
Effects of micro- and macro-nutrients on growth and development of premature infants
Degrees: 
  • M.D. (Doctor of Medicine)
Certifications: 

Fellowship in Neonatology