Nanit Research To Be Featured At IPSA Congress

Nanit Research To Be Featured At IPSA Congress

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We are thrilled to announce Nanit’s part in the Congress of the International Pediatric Sleep Association (IPSA). The Nanit camera has been utilized in sleep research across the globe, and some of our international research collaborators are presenting their results as part of a symposium at IPSA entitled: Implementing auto-videosomnography in pediatric sleep research, chaired by the father of videosomnography, Prof. Tom Anders.

Dr. Liat Tikotzky from Ben Gurion University in Israel will present results from a validation study of 50 infants which focuses on the validation of the Nanit algorithms that discriminate between sleep-wake states in infants.

Dr. Michal Kahn from Flinders University in Australia will present auto-videosomnography data of infants whose mothers were in home confinement throughout the COVID-19 pandemic compared to those whose mothers were working as usual outside the home.

Dr. Monica Ordway from Yale University in the US will present findings from a study that examined the associations among parenting behaviors, including parent nighttime interactions scored using videosomnography, and toddler sleep health. This presentation will highlight the use of videosomnography to examine sleep health as a multidimensional construct and include detailed examination of night-to-night sleep patterns.

Prof. Michael Gradisar from Flinders University in Australia will present findings showing that age moderates the link between screen exposure and sleep, particularly for touchscreen devices.

Dr. Sarah Berger from CUNY in the US will demonstrate possible underlying causal mechanisms between the well-established link between locomotor skill onset and co-occurring disruptions to infant sleep using Nanit-derived nightly heat maps of infant movement in the crib together with over 100 hours of frame-by-frame video coding for skill-relevant movements and posture.

We are sure that attendees will come away from the symposium being able to recognize the opportunities for the sleep research community of auto-videosomnography, including the large-scale database that is potentially available. In other sessions of the congress there will be three additional presentations from researchers who have also utilized Nanit in their research. We are so proud to be working closely with the academic community and know that Nanit as a research tool is in its infancy (pun intended!). Sign up here to register to attend the IPSA Congress.

Dr. Natalie Barnett, Nanit’s Director of Clinical Research, has led and fostered these collaborations. Please direct any research collaboration requests to

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Natalie Barnett, PhD serves as VP of Clinical Research at Nanit. Natalie initiated sleep research collaborations at Nanit and in her current role, Natalie oversees collaborations with researchers at hospitals and universities around the world who use the Nanit camera to better understand pediatric sleep and leads the internal sleep and development research programs at Nanit. Natalie holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of New England in Australia and a Postgraduate Certificate in Pediatric Sleep Science from the University of Western Australia. Natalie was an Assistant Professor in the Neurogenetics Unit at NYU School of Medicine prior to joining Nanit. Natalie is also the voice of Nanit's science-backed, personalized sleep tips delivered to users throughout their baby's first few years.

Kristy Ojala is Nanit’s Digital Content Director. She spends way too much time looking at maps and weather forecasts and pictures of Devon Rex cats and no-cook dinners. A former sleep champion, she strives to share trustworthy somnabulism tips with other parents—praying for that one fine day when no tiny humans wake her up while it’s still dark out. Her kids highly recommend 3 books, approximately 600 stuffies, Chopin’s “Nocturnes,” and the Nanit Sound + Light for bedtime success.

Mackenzie Sangster is on the Brand and Community team at Nanit. She supports content development and editing for Nanit’s Parent Confidently blog as well as other marketing initiatives. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her friends, cooking, being active, and using the Pro + Flex Duo to keep an eye on her fur-baby, Poppy!

Holly Hays is a contributor and writer for Nanit, channeling her years as a mama and former magazine editor to create fun, useful content for fellow busy, trying-to-do-their-best parents and caregivers. Holly has written for a wide range of brands and media outlets (Ergobaby, HGTV, Manhattan Toy Company, OXO), loves to cook and read mystery novels, and leans heavily on her two daughters to keep her up to date on all the latest slang.