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Xiaomei Cong: Next Generation Faculty – Unison 2014
- Regulation of early life stress by the brain-gut-microbiota axis and the prediction of neurodevelopmental outcomes in high-risk infants. Preterm infants’ gut microbiome patterns over the first several weeks of life; the linkage of gut microbiome patterns with early life stress; and the linkage of gut microbiome with autonomic nervous, neurobehavioral outcomes, and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) incidence.
- Biological mechanisms involved in regulation of human early life experiences, both negative and positive, i.e., repeated painful stimuli and parental skin-to-skin with preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
- Infant pain/stress assessment and management in the NICU.
- Bio-behavioral pain responses and measurements in infants, such as facial actions, behavioral states, crying, cardiorespiratory responses, autonomous nervous system responses, and salivary and serum cortisol responses.
- Maternal and paternal bio-behavioral responses during skin-to-skin contact with their infant in the NICU.
- Early Life Experience Imprints Gut Microbiome in Preterm Infants. NIH-NINR 1K23NR014674-01 (9/2013-7/2016) ROLE: PI – Cong, X. This project investigates the regulation of early life stress by the brain-gut-microbiota axis and the prediction of neurodevelopmental outcomes in high-risk preterm infants.
- Early Life Physiological and Psychosocial Stress Imprints Gut Microbiome in Preterm Infants. UConn Institute for Systems Genomics Affinity Research Collaboratives (ARCs). (10/2013 – 10/2018) ROLE: PI – Cong, X. The purpose of this 5-year interdisciplinary genomics research is to investigate preterm infants’ gut microbiome patterns over the first 3 weeks of NICU stay; the linkage of gut microbiome patterns with early life stress; and the linkage of gut microbiome with autonomic nervous, neurobehavioral outcomes, and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) incidence.
- Oxytocin Mechanism During Maternal and Paternal Skin-to-Skin Contact with Preterm infants American Nurse Foundation (9/2012 – 8/2013) ROLE: PI – Cong, X This pilot study will examine oxytocin mechanism in modulating infants’ behavioral, autonomic, and stress responses and parental stress and anxiety during maternal and paternal skin-to-skin contact with preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit.
- Cong, X., Vazquez, V. Delaney, C., McGrath, J., Chen, H., Liang, S. Keating, L., Chang, K., & Dejong, A. (in press) Neonatal nurses’ perceptions of pain management: Survey of U.S. and China. Pain Management Nursing. Submitted in June, 2013; Accepted in Nov. 2013
- Cong, X., McGrath, J., Cusson, R., & Zhang, D. (in press) Pain measurement and assessment in neonates: An updated review. Advances in Neonatal Care. Submitted in March, 2013; accepted in June, 2013.
- Cong, X., Delaney, C., & Vazquez, V. (2013) Neonatal nurses’ perceptions of pain assessment and management in NICUs: A national survey. Advances in Neonatal Care. Oct;13(5):353-60. doi: 10.1097/ANC.0b013e31829d62e8
- Cong, X., Ludington-Hoe, S.M., Zhang, D., & Zaffetti, S. (2013). Ergonomic procedure for heel sticks and shots in the Kangaroo Care (Skin-to-Skin Contact) Position. Neonatal Network. Sep-Oct;32(5):353-7. doi: 10.1891/0730-0822.214.171.1243.
- Good , M., Albert, J.M., Arafah , B., Anderson, G.C., Wotman, S., Cong, X., Lane, D., & Ahn, S. (2013). Effects on postoperative salivary cortisol of relaxation/music and patient teaching about pain management. Biological Research for Nursing. 2013 Jul;15(3):318-29. Epub 2012 Apr 3.
- Cong, X., Cusson, R., Walsh, S. Hussain, N., Ludington, S & Zhang, D. (2012). Effects of Skin-to-Skin Contact on autonomic pain responses in preterm infants. Journal of Pain. Jul; 13(7):636-45.
- Judge MP, Cong X, Harel O, Courville AB, Lammi-Keefe CJ. (2012) Maternal consumption of a DHA-containing functional food benefits infant sleep patterning: An early neurodevelopmental measure. Early Hum Dev. Jul; 88(7): 531-7.
- Cong, X., Cusson, R.M., Hussain, N., Zhang, D., & Kelly, S.P. (2012). Kangaroo care and behavioral and physiologic pain responses in very low birth weight twins: A case study. Pain Management in Nursing. 2012 Sep;13(3):127-38. Epub 2011 May 31.
- Good , M., Albert, J.M., Arafah , B., Anderson, G.C., Wotman, S., Cong, X., Lane, D., & Ahn, S. (2012). Postoperative Effects of Relaxation/Music and Patient Teaching on Salivary Cortisol. Biological Research for Nursing. [Epub ahead of print]
- Cong, X, Ludington, S., & Walsh, S. (2011). Randomized cross-over trial of Kangaroo Care to reduce bio-behavioral pain responses in preterm infants: A pilot study. Biological Research for Nursing. Apr;13(2):204-16.
- Good, M., Albert, M. A., Anderson, G. C., Wotman, S., Cong, X., Lann, D., Ann, S. (2010). Supplementing Relaxation and Music for Pain after Surgery. Nursing Research, 59(4):259-69
- Cong, X, Ludington, S., McCain, G., & Fu, F. . (2009). Kangaroo Care Modifies Preterm Infant Heart Rate Variability in Response to Heel Stick Pain: Pilot Results. Early Human Development, 85, 561-567.
- Kostandy, R., Ludington-Hoe, S.M., Cong, X., Bronson, C., Stankus, A., Jarrell, J.R., & Abouelffetoh, A. (2008). Kangaroo Care (skin contact) reduces crying response to pain in preterm neonates: pilot results. Nursing Management of Pain 9(2):55-65.
- UConn Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Research Experience (SHARE) Award, 11/13
- ENRS/American Nurses Foundation Scholar Award, 4/13
- Award for Scholarly Excellence from the Institute for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford, CT, 2/13
- American Nurse Foundation Research award, 09/12
- Outstanding Alumni Award, Peking University School of Nursing, China, 09/12
- Mary Lawrence Research Development Award, UCONN School of Nursing, 08/09.
- Sigma Theta Tau Mu Chapter Research Committee chair, 2010 – ongoing
- Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) Nominating Committee member 2012-ongoing
- The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science member 2010- ongoing
- Journal Reviewer: Pediatrics, 2012- ongoing
- Journal Reviewer: Italian Journal of Pediatrics, 2011-ongoing
- Journal Reviewer: Early Human Development, 2009-ongoing
- Journal Reviewer: American Journal of Perinatology, 2009-ongoing
- Journal Reviewer: Biological Research for Nursing, 2008-ongoing
- Journal Reviewer: Research in Nursing and Health, 2008-ongoing