In addition, the BWH Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine has many investigators working to systematically define the nature and timing of brain injury and altered brain development in the newborn period.
Magnetic resonance imaging is used with techniques including brain volumes, brain surface mapping, diffusion tracking of white matter fibers and resting state functional connectivity mapping. Brain monitoring techniques used include amplitude integrated EEG and near infrared spectroscopy. Nutritional analysis is undertaken with a human milk analyzer and a Pea Pod device. These studies include the influence of drug exposures, nutrition and therapy services on outcomes. The results of these studies will allow more targeted therapies for the right infant at the right time.
Finally, the evaluation of the outcomes of all of our high-risk infants from the newborn intensive care unit is critical to our mission to improve neurodevelopmental outcomes. Our faculty are directing an academic program aimed at systematic evaluation of the neurodevelopmental outcomes of our infants and relate this to any factors during their pregnancy, birth and neonatal care.