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Dr. Barbara Medoff-Cooper to Give NINR Director's Lecture, Sept. 16

August 4, 2014
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Dr. Barbara Medoff-Cooper will deliver the second of two 2014 NINR Director’s Lectures on Tuesday, September 16 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in Natcher Bldg., Balcony C. In her talk, “Innovations in High-Risk Infant Care: Creating New Pathways,” Dr. Medoff- Cooper will discuss her research on infant development, feeding behaviors in high-risk infants, infant temperament, and developmental care of infants with complex congenital heart disease.

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.

This lecture is 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. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, please visit

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