February 2018 Spotlight

Hines, ROUTES Scholar, Travels to University of Illinois to Train PhD Students on CRECE’s Non-Nutritive Suck Device

DSC_0124squaremorganOn December 11th-13th, 2017, ROUTES Scholar Morgan Hines visited the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne (UIUC) in order to train PhD students in Dr. Susan Schantz’s lab on setting-up and calibrating their new Non-Nutritive Suck (NNS) device, which was delivered to the UIUC campus earlier that week as a part of a research collaboration endeavor with The Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development in Puerto Rico (CRECE). The NNS device delivered to UIUC is the same as the device used in Puerto Rico for CRECE’s Project 1.

To prepare for this experience, Morgan spent her ROUTES co-op working under the direction of Dr. Emily Zimmerman, who originally developed the NNS device in order to provide a way to quantitatively test suck patterns in infants. Specifically, Morgan worked in the Northeastern University Speech and Neurodevelopment lab, where she collected and investigated Non-Nutritive Suck data in order to understand connections between environmental exposures and neurodevelopment.

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