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2014 NINR Director's Lecture: Innovations in High-Risk Infant Care: Creating New Pathways

September 16, 2014 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Natcher (Building 45) - Balcony C on the NIH Campus

Bethesda, MD

Medoff Cooper

Dr. Barbara Medoff-Cooper delivered the second 2014 NINR Director’s Lecture on Tuesday, September 16. In her talk, "Innovations in High-Risk Infant Care: Creating New Pathways," Dr. Medoff- Cooper discussed her research on infant development, feeding behaviors in high-risk infants, infant temperament, and developmental care of infants with complex congenital heart disease.

If you missed the live event, the recording of Dr. Medoff-Cooper's Director's Lecture is now available on NINR's YouTube page.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Medoff-Cooper, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, is internationally recognized for her research, which she has applied to the development of strategies and technologies to improve outcomes for infants. She co-invented Neonur, a patented feeding device to assess feeding behaviors during infancy which has been used in various funded research projects both nationally and internationally. Dr. Medoff-Cooper also partnered with a small technology company to develop a home monitoring program to improve outcomes for neonates with complex congenital heart disease.

At the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Medoff-Cooper collaborated with the nursing staff of the cardiac intensive care unit to launch weekly developmental care nursing rounds for families of infants with complex congenital heart disease after neonatal heart surgery.

For thirty years, Dr. Medoff Cooper has mentored undergraduates, masters and doctoral students both in the classroom and in clinical settings. Her mentorship emphasizes the importance of integrating research into clinical practice and how clinical practice informs clinical research. In this way, she hopes to influence quality of care nationally through research utilization models that nursing graduates will bring into the health care community.

About the Director’s Lecture:

This lecture was part of the NINR’s Director’s Lecture series, which is designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to the NIH campus to share their work and interests with a transdisciplinary audience. For more information and links to previous lectures, please visit

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