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Manon Ranger, PhD
School of Nursing
Faculty of Applied Science
Columbia University, University of British Columbia
My long-term goal is to improve the care of infants born preterm worldwide through translational research combining both animal models and clinical studies. My research program aims at addressing the impact of early adversity, such as pain and stress, on the developing brain of very preterm infants, to improve their care and to train health professionals to increase capacity in pediatric research. My goal is to determine possible mechanisms underlying early adversity, such as pain-related changes, to test novel mitigating treatments. Indeed, in order to improve clinical care for preterm infants in the NICU, much more research is needed to examine long-term effects of neonatal early exposure to stressful events and treatments such as pain, maternal separation, infection and inflammation on brain development, particularly in those born very preterm.
Research Keywords: Translational, Brain development, early adversity, infants