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"When sense makes sense": Glasgow Queen Elizabeth Hospital calls for quality of care for preemies


Thanks to an initiative of dr. Nashwa Matta, a one-day seminar has been organized at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, May, 9th 2019. This even is supported by Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. We have been invited to talk about two key issue related to new advances and innovation in preterm care.

I will present recent advances, future directions and clinical implications of the Preterm Behavioral Epigenetics research field, by presenting findings from a 5-year longitudinal study on the epigenetic vestiges of NICU-related pain and stress exposure in very preterm infants. Bran new findings from the 5-year follow-up assessment will be presented internationally for the first time. This research contributes to highlight the biochemical pathways through which early less-than-optimal experiences get under the skin and contribute to shaping the long-term developmental trajectories of preterm infants. Nonetheless, the application of the epigenetic lens to the study of early developmental care interventions for preemies and their families might further increase our ability to promote precocious evidence-based and effective support programs in the NICU.

Dr. Rosario Montirosso will present the early parenting intervention we do at the 0-3 Center in Bosisio Parini (Lecco, Italy) with parents of infants and children diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disabilities. In these cases, parenting is challenged and many of the theories and concepts developed on sensitive parenting in healthy children population can only partially be applied with these families. Intrusiveness, contingency, encouraging and teaching assume a very different meaning for these parents and children and specific supportive programs are needed. We will review evidence that suggests that parenting are a primary source of prevention and care for infants and children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Furthermore, we will present clinical cases to document the collaborative consultation approach and the video-feedback interventions that we engage in with these families.


We look forward to meeting you in Glasgow!

Please, find more information on this event here.

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