Abstract

Date Presented 03/27/20

A noninvasive application of vagal nerve stimulation, taVNS, stimulates the auricular branch of the vagal nerve. In a first-in-neonates application, infants who received taVNS for oral feeding dysfunction also showed improvements in head control and brain neuroimaging of major white-matter tracts. These exploratory results are promising and promote future studies of taVNS to improve motor abilities in infants with feeding difficulties or motor disorders.

Primary Author and Speaker: Shelby Davis

Additional Authors and Speakers: Amy Reiner, Hannah Haskin, Patty Coker-Bolt, Turki Aljuhani

Contributing Authors: Mark George, Bashar Badran, Dorthea Jenkins

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