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  MiCare | CIHR Team in Maternal Infant Care

The CIHR Team in Maternal Infant Care (PI: Dr. Shoo Lee) is a research program consisting of five innovative projects designed to improve outcomes and reduce costs through a better understanding of how different practices and risks affect long-term outcomes of preterm infants, and how improved methods of knowledge translation can enhance quality of care.

MiCare is providing funding to establish the CNFUN database. This will involve collecting follow-up data on all babies in Canada born at less than 29 weeks gestation between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2011. Partcipation of Canadian Neonatal and Perinatal Follow-Up Clinics is integral to collecting outcome data at 18 months corrected and 36 months chronological age. Once the database is created, it will be linked with the existing databases for the
Canadian Neonatal Network (CNN), the Canadian Perinatal Network (CPN), and the Canadian Perinatal Surgical Network (CAPSNet).

The resulting integrated MiCare database will link population-based sociodemographic, clinical practice, outcomes and resource use data for high risk pregnancies and infants throughout the entire period from pregnancy to childbirth, infancy and developmental follow-up. This unique database will enable study on how the interactions between determinants, mechanisms and processes of care affect pregnancy and infant outcomes over both the short and long-term.

 This linked database will be a common resource for all 5 projects in the MiCare program, including MiCare Project 1: Variations in Long-Term Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Preterm Infants, which will address the following objectives:

  • To study how biological, sociodemographic, environmental and treatment risks interact to affect long-term outcomes, and their relationships to short-term NICU outcomes;

  • To study variations in long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes among Canadian NICUs; and

  • To identify best practices associated with good or poor long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes.

 Collaborating Networks


 Canadian Neonatal Network | CNN


Canadian Pediatric Surgery Network | CAPSNet


Canadian Perinatal Network | CPN