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By Karin Stjernqvist, Professor Emerita, Division of Developmental Psychology, Department of Psychology, Lund University, P.O.213, 22100 Lund, Sweden

While - to my knowledge - there have not been any new NBO or NBAS training or other related training activities in Sweden during 2016, Johanna Mansson attended NBO training in London in May 2016. In terms of Research Johanna and I now are reporting the results from the 6-years follow-up of EXPRESS (Extremely Preterm Infants in Sweden Study) and have also planned the 12-years follow-up program.

Children and Noise is a hot topic in Sweden. I will participate as a chairman in two conferences during the spring of 2017: Child & Noise interdisciplinary symposium, The Sound Environment Centre, Lund University, Sweden 17/3 2017 and 2017 Stockholm Conference on Ultra-Early Intervention: Parental voice and music in neonatal intensive care, Nanna Svartz Aula, Karolinska University Hospital, Solna, Stockholm, 23 March 2017. Organizers: Karolinska NIDCAP Training- and research Center, Karolinska University Hospital

In terms of research, at Karolinska, KI, in Stockholm, an intervention study of the impact noise on brain development in EPT-infants is ongoing. Another interventions study on EPT infants´ and brain development is planned for the Department of Neonatology at Lund University. (I do not plan any new research projects as I am in the process of “stepwise retiring”, writing papers, giving some lectures, doing some newborn examinations and being the grandma of three wonderful children (1, 6 and 9 years old).

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