Yu Sun and Dmitry Goldgof receive R21 collaborative grant from NIH's National Institute of Nursing Research

September 4, 2020

USF CSE Department and USF Health have received an R21 grant from the National Institute Of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in support of the research project titled "A Multimodal Approach for Monitoring Prolonged Acute Pain in Neonates." The research will be conducted by an interdisciplinary team composed of Drs. Yu Sun (CSE), Dmitry Goldgof (CSE), Thao Ho (College of Nursing), Denise Maguire (College of Nursing), Yangxin Huang (College of Public Health), and Nurse Marcia Kneusel (Tampa General Hospital). 
With the grant, the team will develop models and AI algorithms to automatically and continuously assess pain in neonates based on behavioral and physiological pain indicators.  Pain is one of the critical factors affecting brain development in neonates, especially in preterm neonates, with chronic illnesses. Therefore pain assessment and management are among the primary focuses of neonatal nursing research. In the end, the project will produce a tool for nurses to assess pain continuously and accurately. It will enable proper pain treatment that will improve the health of infants. 

The project period is 7/16/2020-6/30/2022, and the total award amount is $400,575.