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Jill Zwicker

Current University: University of British Columbia
Location: British Columbia
Discipline: Occupational Therapy
Research Supervisor: Ruth Grunau
PICH Mentor: Ruth Grunau
Member since: January 2011

About me/my research:

Premature infants undergo numerous painful procedures as part of their neonatal intensive care and are at high risk of poor motor outcomes. Higher cumulative neonatal pain (independent of early illness severity and morphine exposure) predicts poorer motor development at 18 months (Grunau et al., 2009), but it is unclear whether pain-related stress in relation to motor outcomes is mediated by altered brain development. Thus, the purpose of my postdoctoral research is to determine the relationship of microstructural development of motor pathways and neonatal pain to fine and gross motor outcomes at 18 months corrected age in children born preterm. Became a PICH graduate: June 30, 2013


Representative Publications:

Zwicker, J.G., Grunau, R.E., Adams, E., Chau, V., Brant, R., Poskitt, K.J., Synnes, A. & Miller, S.P. (2013). Score for Neonatal Acute Physiology-II and neonatal pain predict corticospinal tract development in premature newborns. Pediatric Neurology, 48, 123-129. doi.org/10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2012.10.016

Zwicker, J.G., Miller, S.P., Grunau, R.E., Chau, V., Synnes, A., Poskitt, K.J., & Tam, E.W. (2013). Morphine exposure is associated with altered cerebellar growth in premature newborns. Poster Presentation. International Symposium for Pediatric Pain, June 17-20, Stockholm, Sweden.

Zwicker, J.G., Grunau, R.E., Chau, V., Synnes, A., Poskitt, K.J., Brant, R, & Miller, S.P. (2013). Neonatal pain is associated with poorer gross motor outcomes in premature newborns. Platform presentation. International Symposium for Pediatric Pain, June 17-20, Stockholm, Sweden.

Zwicker, J.G., Grunau, R.E., Chau, V, Synnes, A., Poskitt, K.J., Brant, R., & Miller, S.P. (2013). Neonatal pain is associated with altered corticospinal tract development in premature newborns and gross motor outcomes at 18 months. Platform presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies, May 3-7, Washington, DC. E-PAS2013:1170.3

Zwicker, J.G., Miller, S.P., Grunau, R.E., Chau, V., Synnes, A., Poskitt, K.J., Tam, E.W. (2012). Morphine exposure is associated with altered cerebellar growth in premature newborns. Poster presentation. Pediatric Academic Societies Conference, April 28-May 1, Boston, MA. E-PAS2012:1528.465