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NICUs Enabling Optimal Brain Health (NEOBrain)

The NICUs Enabling Optimal Brain Health (NEOBrain) Collaborative aims to promote neuroprotective care for VLBW infants < 32 weeks gestational age.  

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,  CPQCC is still assessing whether the NEOBrain will launch as a virtual collaborative or a traditional in-person collaborative and will pivot as needed. 

Why your NICU should join

This collaborative will be a unique opportunity for your NICU to focus on high impact areas of neuroprotection which may include:

  • Family-focused involvement in care from NICU admission
  • Increasing positive environmental interactions and decreasing noxious environmental stimulation
  • Decreasing unnecessary interventions, such as pokes, blood tests, x-rays, and other assessments that do not impact medical decision making
  • Creating a culture in your unit focused on neuroprotection

Additional benefits

  • Access to evidence-based change packages
  • Access to Supporting and Enhancing NICU Sensory Experiences (SENSE), a comprehensive approach to ensuring multi-modal positive sensory exposures across hospitalization for high-risk infants in the NICU
  • The opportunity to benchmark, track and compare data between your site and other participating sites using a new web-based quality improvement platform
  • A "community of learning" where lessons learned, materials, data, and strategies are shared across sites
  • Guidance in both quality improvement and the clinical area of focus from a multidisciplinary faculty panel from across the state
  • CME credits for learning session participation and credit for participating Neonatologists towards the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4 Program 

How do I join?

  • Registration is now open! Click on the button to the right to access the online registration form
  • Teams only need to fill out one registration form to cover the entire team
  • Registration for NEOBrain is being offered at $8,500/site. The registration period is open from January 18th - February 28th. More detailed information for participating teams will be announced in early March. 

To learn more, contact Courtney Breault at

These CME activities follow the cultural and linguistic competency (CLC) and implicit bias (IB) standards required by law and developed by the California Medical Association (CMA).

The NEOBrain Collaborative Learning Sessions are jointly provided by: