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Neonatal Intensive Care Research (NICU)

NICU Research

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) research group is a multi-disciplinary group that participates in many types of research that affect the care of newborn infants, from the extremely preterm to the critically ill term infant.  The group consists of neonatologists, NICU fellows, nursing researchers, research collaborators from other departments at CHEO and a dedicated NICU research coordinator. The research done by our group includes database research, randomized controlled trials, laboratory (pre-clinical) research, quality-improvement and neonatal follow-up research. The overall aim of our research group is to improve the care provided to preterm and critically ill newborn infants.

Significant areas of research include:
  • leading edge treatments for chronic lung disease of prematurity
  • neonatal pain management
  • detection and treatment of severe intestinal disease in premature infants
  • shared decision making at the limit of viability
  • mock codes teaching to trainees 
  • methods for teaching trainees the ethics of working with this vulnerable population
  • detection of seizure activity in sick neonates
  • methods to improve team communication during medical emergency care
  • improvements in newborn screening for treatable disorders
  • outcome predictions for sick patients in the NICU
  • treatment of respiratory distress in preterm infants
  • improvement of infant survival in developing countries
  • Point of care ultrasound use in the NICU
  • Management of patent ductus arteriosus and use of Targeted Neonatal Echo in the NICU
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