Multisensory Interventions to Improve Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Preterm Infants Hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Principal Investigator: Bobbi Pineda
Project Period: 03/01/22 - 02/28/27
Funding Source: NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Award Number: 1R01HD105557-01A1
Anticipated Award: $3,361,823
During hospitalization in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), premature infants repeatedly experience negative sensory experiences. Evidence suggests that combined with prematurity, experiences in the NICU environment are disruptive to neurodevelopment. The Supporting and Enhancing NICU Sensory Experiences (SENSE) Program is designed to ameliorate these negative experiences through the promotion of tailored and age-appropriate positive sensory experiences between parents and their infants. The feasibility, efficacy, and adaptability of the SENSE program have been established through previous projects. This project is a randomized control trial, with the goal to determine the impact of the SENSE program on neonatal neurobehavioral outcomes, including electrocortical activity trajectories.