Neonatal feeding and developmental issues (Ongoing)

Posted On 2020-12-07 14:26:56

This series on “Neonatal feeding and developmental issues” is edited by Steven M. Barlow, PhD, University of Nebraska, USA.

Steven M. Barlow, PhD
Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior, Departments SECD and Biological System Engineer-ing, University of Nebraska, USA

Dr. Steven Barlow is the Corwin Moore Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior at the University of Nebraska. He has a broad background in biol-ogy, orofacial physiology, neuroscience, and bioengineering as it relates to research on sen-sorimotor neurophysiology and plasticity of orofacial systems in humans across the lifespan in health and disease. His work has led to numerous technological innovations for assessment of somatosensory function and orofacial motor control for translational neurotherapeutics, func-tional brain imaging, and prohabilitation of orofacial systems and oral feeding in premature in-fants. Dr. Barlow developed the FDA-approved medical device technology known as the NTrainer System and clinical protocols used in the NICU to promote ororhythmic suck pattern generation and oral feeding skills in preterm infants. His pioneering work on pneumotactile dy-namic stimulus arrays led to a new technology known as the Galileo and pTACS, which allows functional mapping the somatosensory system using neuroimaging and electrophysiological techniques. Dr. Barlow’s current NIH-funded research collaboration with Drs. Jill Maron and Dongli Song aims to map the relation between brain gene expression, somatosensory stimula-tion, feeding behavior, and neurodevelopmental outcomes in extremely preterm infants in a multisite randomized controlled trial in the United States.

Series outline:

  1. Comparison of HUS and MRI measurements in premature infants
  2. Implementation of 3 minutes of delayed cord clamping
  3. Hypoglycemia in asymptomatic term and late preterm infants 
  4. Perinatal management of extremely premature infants
  5. The impact of different feeding management model on short term outcomes in very prema-ture infants
  6. A mediational model of maternal stress in the NICU
  7. The home environment and its influence on vocalizations during the first year of life
  8. The home environment and its influence on feeding outcomes during the first year of life
  9. Management Guidelines
  10. Human milk bank in Japan 
  11. A new process for thickening neonatal nutrient formula without the use of external thickening agents 
  12. NNS spectral dynamics in extremely preterm infants learning to feed orally 
  13. NeoNNS: A computational model using hierarchical cluster-feature detection to predict oral feeding readiness in extremely preterm infants
  14. Sex differences in oral feeding maturation

The series “neonatal feeding and developmental issues” was commissioned by the editorial of-fice, Pediatric Medicine without any sponsorship or funding. Steven M. Barlow serves as the unpaid Guest Editor for the series.