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Jill L. Maron, MD, MPH


Overview

Programs + Specialties
Research Interests Oral feeding in the premature neonate, neonatal salivary transcriptome
Training + Education Tulane University School of Medicine; Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Brown University School of Medicine
Board Certifications Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
NPI # 1477590511
Gender Female

Locations + Directions

Floating Hospital for Children
Floating Hospital, 2nd Floor
800 Washington St.
Box 44
Boston, MA 02111
Fax #: 617-636-1456
Phone #: 617-636-5322
Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital
680 Centre St.
Brockton, MA 02302
Fax #: 508-941-6330
Phone #: 508-941-7617
MetroWest Medical Center
115 Lincoln St.
Framingham, MA 01702
Fax #: 508-383-1548
Phone #: 508-383-1474
Melrose-Wakefield Hospital
585 Lebanon St.
Melrose, MA 02176
Fax #: 781-979-6410
Phone #: 781-979-6400

Honors + Awards

2015, Received Mentor Award from the New England Perinatal Society
2014, Appointed Section Editor for Youth and Children at Clinical Therapeutics
2014, Founded and Inaugurated the North American Saliva Symposium (NASS), an Interdisciplinary Meeting of over 80 Participants and World Leaders in Salivary Research covering the fields of Dentistry, Medicine, and Industry

2013, Received the Young Physician-Scientist Award from the American Society for Clinical Investigation

2012, Selected as one of four early career speakers for the Annual Perinatal Research Society Meeting

2012, Received a Gerber Foundation Award for the grant application for "The NOuRISH Platform: Neonatal Oral-Feeding Readiness In Salivary High-Throughput Diagnostics"

2011, Received Charlton Award from Tufts University School of Medicine for the grant application "Understanding developmental transcriptional regulation in premature neonates learning to feed"

2006, NIH Loan Repayment Award, with continued support 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013

2003, Haffenreffer Fellow in Medical Sciences – Selected by Faculty for dedication to research and commitment to teaching, Brown Medical School

2003, Teaching Award – selected by Brown Medical School Class of 2003 as one of two Brown University residents as an outstanding teacher

2003, Teaching Award – selected by Resident peers as the outstanding resident teacher in the Pediatric Training Program, Hasbro Children’s Hospital

2002, Resident Award – Honored as outstanding pediatric resident in the NICU, Hasbro Children's Hospital

2001, Intern Award – Honored as outstanding pediatric intern in the NICU, Hasbro Children's Hospital

2000, Ivy Day Award Nominated by Faculty as the outstanding female representative of the Class of 2000, Tulane School of Medicine

1996, Tulane MD/MPH Scholarship Award – Tulane Medical School

Publications + National Presentations

1. Bringing salivary diagnostics into the 21st century. Maron JL. Clin Ther. 2015 Mar 1;37(3):496-7. doi: 10.1016/j.clinthera.2015.02.007. Epub 2015 Mar 5. No abstract available. PMID: 25748292

2. Computational gene expression modeling identifies salivary biomarker analysis that predict oral feeding readiness in the newborn. Maron JL, Hwang JS, Pathak S, Ruthazer R, Russell RL, Alterovitz G. J Pediatr. 2015 Feb;166(2):282-8.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2014.10.065. PMID: 25620512

3. Detection and potential utility of C-reactive protein in saliva of neonates. Iyengar A, Paulus JK, Gerlanc DJ, Maron JL. Front Pediatr. 2014 Nov 21;2:131. doi: 10.3389/fped.2014.00131. eCollection 2014. PMID: 25485262

4. Performing discovery-driven neonatal research by transcriptomic analysis of routinely discarded biofluids. Maron JL, Dietz JA, Parkin C, Johnson KL, Bianchi DW. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2012 Dec;25(12):2507-11. doi: 10.3109/14767058.2012.717126. Epub 2012 Aug 27. PMID: 22920923

5. Insights into Neonatal Oral Feeding through the Salivary Transcriptome. Maron JL. Int J Pediatr. 2012;2012:195153. doi: 10.1155/2012/195153. Epub 2012 Jul 10. PMID: 22844301 [PubMed] Free PMC Article

6. Neuropeptide Y2 receptor (NPY2R) expression in saliva predicts feeding immaturity in the premature neonate. Maron JL, Johnson KL, Dietz JA, Chen ML, Bianchi DW. PLoS One. 2012;7(5):e37870. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0037870. Epub 2012 May 21. PMID: 22629465

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Research Grants

NICHD (R01 HD086088-01)
4/1/2016-3/31/2021
Somatosensory Modulation of Salivary Gene Expression and Oral Feeding in Preterm Infants.
The overall goal of this multi-center research proposal is to pair the expertise of Co-PIs Drs. Steven Barlow and Jill Maron to develop an innovative, novel, personalized and integrative approach that directly addresses the important need for oral feeding treatment strategies for the extremely premature infant population.
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute Pilot Award
5/1/16-4/30/17
FOXP2 Gene Expression Levels: A Noninvasive Biomarker to Predict both Oral Feeding and Speech-Language Success.
The goal of this grant is to explore the relationship between quantitative levels of FOXP2 in neonatal saliva and oral feeding and speech language outcomes in the premature newborn.
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Gerber Foundation

2012-2013
NOuRISH Platform: Neonatal Oral-feeding Readiness In High-throughput Salivary Diagnostics
The goal of this grant is to test a novel high-throughput salivary transcriptomic platform for the accurate and objective determination of oral-readiness to feed in the newborn population.
Role: Principal Investigator

K08 NIH/NICHD (K08HD059819)
2009-2014
Neonatal Salivary Genomic Profiles to Assess Feeding Tolerance and Disease.
The goal of this study is to generate, through the use of noninvasive neonatal salivary transcriptomic profiles, important and novel genomic and proteomic data that will allow for comprehensive analysis of neonatal developmental and pathological pathways and protein networks. We aim to identify key biomarkers that may predict neonatal feeding complications, aid in our understanding of such complications, and become gene targets for future therapy.
Role: Principal Investigator

Tufts University Sch. of Med. Earl P. Charlton Fund Research Award
2011-2012
Understanding Developmental Transcriptional Regulation in Premature Neonates Learning to Feed.
The goal of this grant was to better understand transcriptional regulatory processes as they relate to neonatal feeding morbidities.
Role: Principal Investigator

Child Health Research Award
2009-2011
Charles H. Hood Foundation
Neonatal Salivary Genomic Profiles to Assess Feeding Tolerance and Disease.
This goal of this grant was to identify key neurological and neuromuscular regulatory pathways involved in the learning process of oral feeding in premature neonates through salivary gene expression profiles.
Role: Principal Investigator

Pediatric Research Grant
2008-2009
Tufts Medical Center
The goal of this grant was to identify potential biomarkers in the neonatal salivary transcriptome that would provide insight into a newborn’s readiness to feed, feeding intolerance, and gastrointestinal pathology.
Role: Principal Investigator

Natalie V. Zucker Award
2008-2009
Tufts University School of Medicine
Neonatal Salivary Genomic Profiles to Assess Feeding Tolerance and Disease. The goal of this grant was to test the hypothesis that neonatal salivary gene expression analyses would provide novel information about a newborn’s readiness to feed, feeding intolerance, and gastrointestinal pathology.
Role: Principal Investigator