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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Local Address: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Harvard Medical School
1545 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge , Massachusetts 02138
United States

Company Description: Harvard Medical School has more than 7,500 full-time faculty working in 11 academic departments located at the School's Boston campus or in one of 47 hospital-based...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Director
    Neonatal Research Laboratory


  • Ph.D.
    American Academy of Sciences , online
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"The results of this study suggest ..., 26 Feb 2015 [cached]
"The results of this study suggest that in the case of babies born prematurely, exposure to maternal sounds may set the auditory cortex of the brain on the right trajectory for completing its maturation outside the womb," explains study co-author Amir Lahav, ScD., assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
Experts say that these findings suggest that NICUs might want to reconsider the parents' role during those critical days and weeks after babies are born prematurely. "It is important that mothers understand that live talking, singing, and interacting with their babies during NICU visits cannot be simply replaced by recorded maternal sounds; however, the use of recorded sounds inside the incubator gives mothers the opportunity to virtually be with their babies when they are unable to physically be there," says Dr. Lahav.
It's not clear what this means ..., 24 Feb 2015 [cached]
It's not clear what this means in the long run, "but it shows how important it is for mothers to interact with their premature babies when they visit," said study co-author Amir Lahav, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School in Boston.
Babies born prematurely often suffer from hearing and language problems, Lahav explained, and the researchers wanted to know more about how they're affected by the weeks they spend in an incubator instead of in their mother's womb.
"Babies begin to hear at 25 weeks' gestation, and they're exposed to the mother's voice and heartbeat," Lahav said.
"Our findings do not prove that the brains of these babies are necessarily better, and we cannot conclude that they will end up with no developmental disabilities," Lahav said. "We don't know the advantages of having a bigger auditory cortex."
It's also not clear if mothers' voices are crucial inside the womb or if the voices of other people might also make a difference.
Still, Lahav said the research suggests that parents of premature babies need to talk to them during visits in the hospital. "Hold your baby, talk to your baby, sing to your baby," he said.
In addition to being bombarded with ..., 25 Oct 2014 [cached]
In addition to being bombarded with the bright lights, chemical smells, and shrill sounds of a hospital’s intensive care unit, preemies are largely deprived of the sensations they'd get in the womb, such as their mother's heartbeat and voice, says Amir Lahav, a neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School in Boston.
But researcher Amir Lahav, ..., 12 Mar 2012 [cached]
But researcher Amir Lahav, director of the Neonatal Research Lab at BWH, thought something else was missing - the simulation of the maternal sounds that a baby would hear in the womb.
To find out whether maternal sounds really do make a difference, Lahav enrolled fourteen extremely premature infants that were admitted to the BWH NICU in a study.
"Our findings show that there may be a window of opportunity to improve the physiological health of these babies born prematurely using non-pharmalogical treatments, such as auditory stimulation," says Lahav.
The Lahav Neonatal Research Lab: Recreating the Womb, One Sound at a Time | Connections in Care, 3 Dec 2013 [cached]
Amir Lahav, the Principal Investigator of the Neonatal Research Laboratory, was inspired to improve the NICU environment after his twins spent nearly two and a half months in the NICU. During this time, Dr. Lahav requested to play recorded sounds of his wife speaking to the twins.
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