Research has shown that >50% of babies born preterm (<37 weeks gestation) show significant developmental problems (cognitive, attention, behaviour, social, motor, academic). Their team will look at the link between the pain-related stress that babies born very preterm (<32 weeks gestation) are subject to throughout their stay in the neonatal intensive care unit, and its impact on the babies’ brain development.
The team will follow children born very preterm (24-32 weeks gestation) until 8 years of age, to determine how the developing brain and stress systems may affect neurodevelopmental outcomes. Their study will also consider the role of parenting and whether effects differ by sex.
The project grant will provide $872,101 over four years.