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Study Information

The Preterm Infant to Adult Study includes selected infants born at Women & Infants from 1985 to 1989 and is one of the longest studies of preterm infants in the United States.

The purpose of this study is to learn about the development of preterm and full-term infants at age 23. This study is quite unique, since there is little known about the effects of prematurity in adulthood. We expect that the results from this study may improve the care of future preterm infants and children, as well as help professionals and parents understand how preterm infants develop as young adults.

We will see study participants three times - at home, at the Heart Center at Rhode Island Hospital, and at the Brown Center for Children at Women & Infants.

Flexible weekday and weekend appointments, as well as child care assistance, are available. Parking is free at both the Brown Center and Rhode Island Hospital. We arrange and pay for taxi service, air or train travel, mileage and hotel.

Home Visit

  • When: Morning.
  • Where: Your home.
  • How Long: 30 minutes.
  • What: Consent, questionnaires, discussion of next steps.

Heart Center Visit

  • When: Weekday
  • Where: Coro Building, One Hoppin Street, Providence, RI./li>
  • How Long: Less than one-hour.
  • What: Ride exercise bike to record heart and lung activity.
  • Bonus: $50.

Brown Center Visit

  • When: Weekday/Weekend.
  • Where: 50 Holden Street, Providence, RI.
  • How Long: 9:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • What: Health assessment, puzzles, games and questionnaires.
  • Bonus: $100, lunch, snacks.

Contact Information

Women & Infants Hospital
Brown Center for Children
50 Holden Street, 1st Floor
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: (401) 453-7635

Meet the Team

Mary Sullivan, PhD, RN, principal investigator

Robin Miller, PhD, RN, co-investigator

Suzy Barcelos Winchester, MA, project coordinator

Manuela Barcelos, MA, senior research assistant

Abbie Popa, BA, research assistant

Erica Oliveira, BA, research assistant


This project is supported by Award Number R01NR003695 from the National Institute of Nursing Research. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Nursing Research or the National Institutes of Health.

Women & Infants

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