Friday Fast Five: Meet Pierre Kuhn

Each month we interview individuals associated with the Australasian NIDCAP Training Centre and the broader NIDCAP Federation International (NFI) community, asking them five questions that explore their association with our unit and NIDCAP.

This month, meet Dr Pierre Kuhn Neonatologist, Medical director of the NICU and leader of NIDCAP Implementation and coordination Brest, France.


Pierre undertakes research in neonatology, and developmental neuroscience in the population of newborn infants. More specifically he works on the interactions between the early environment and sensory system development, in particular pain modulation in the broad topic of infant and family centred developmental care.


What is your role in the neonatal setting?

Medical director of the NICU I am also the professor of paediatrics coordinating education and research activities.


How are you involved in NIDCAP?

I am the coordinator of the NIDCAP implementation team. I am the cofounder of the Group of Reflection and Evaluation of the Environment of Newborns of the French Neonatal Society (GREEN de la SFN) and active group member of a reflecting group on ethical aspects in perinatology. I am president of the perinatal network in the Alsace region and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of EFCNI.

In your opinion how does NIDCAP and neuroprotective care potentially benefit neonates, families and staff?

For newborns it supports well-being and neurodevelopment. For families it supports wellbeing,

bonding, and better psychological outcome. For staff it provides a better working environment and  higher satisfaction of their work. 


What would you like people to know about NIDCAP and neuroprotective care?

Of its effectiveness and how it provides a more humane approach to care in a supportive and rich environment designed to empower families.


What do you hope NIDCAP and NIDCAP Training centres achieve globally?

Offer and diffusion of this philosophy of care to more and more NICUS and healthcare. Increased access to the benefit of the program to more and more babies and their families.


Editor's note: The views of individuals do not represent the view of the Australasian NIDCAP Training Centre.