Launch of the Edinburgh Birth Cohort Study
Please join us for the formal launch event of the Edinburgh Birth Cohort study
Launch of the Edinburgh Birth Cohort study
Monday 16 November 2015, 9.45am
Monday 16 November 2015, 4.00pm
Playfair Library Hall, Edinburgh
Please join us for the formal launch event of the Edinburgh Birth Cohort study. This £1.5m initiative will be run from the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory (MRC CRH) and CCBS.
It is funded by the charity Theirworld.
The overarching aim is to study life-course effects of preterm birth in a longitudinal cohort that is well-characterised, and annotated with MRI and biosamples. In collaboration with a number of Edinburgh researchers, we plan to: (1) develop predictive models for stratifying high risk groups ready for intervention trials; (2) discover new regenerative medicines for patients with perinatal brain injury; and (3) discover early life determinants of adult neurological and psychiatric disease.
Sarah Brown, President and Trustee, will give an address, and we have superb keynote lecturers.
09.45 - 09.50 Welcome: Professor Jürgen Schwarze, Edward Clark chair of Child Life and health and Dr James Boardman, Scientific Director of Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory
09.50 - 11.30 Academic Session
Dr Mandy Drake, Reader in Paediatric Endocrinology Title: Early life events programme long-term health and disease
Dr Fiona Denison, Reader in Obstetrics Title: Advanced magnetic resonance imaging for assessing fetal well-being
Dr Ahmed Serag, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Title: Modelling brain growth in fetal and neonatal life
Dr Mark Bastin, Reader in Brain Imaging Title: Structural brain connectivity underpins function and changes over time - insights from early and later life
Dr Sue Fletcher-Watson, Chancellor’s Fellow in Developmental Psychology Title: New ways to measure learning and development in children
Dr Richard Chin, Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics Title: The value of cohort studies for understanding disease risk and outcome
11.30 - 12.00 Coffee and pastries
12.00 - 15.30 Public session - Invitees to include parents of research participants, cohort funders, and University contacts
12.00-12.05 Principal, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea
12.05 - 12.30 Professor Neena Modi, President of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Title: Perinatal research is critical for improving health across the life course
12.30 - 12.40 Sarah Brown, President and Trustee of Theirworld
12.40 - 1.30 Buffet Lunch and poster viewing (Playfair Library Hall).
1.30 - 3.25 Dr James Boardman, Director Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory Title: The Edinburgh Birth Cohort: a platform for knowledge discovery in perinatal science
Professor Joanna Wardlaw, Head of the Division of Neuroimaging Sciences, and Director of the Brain Research Imaging Centre Title: Neurological disease risk begins in childhood
Professor Siddharthan Chandran, Director Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences Title: What can regenerative medicine bring to perinatal brain injury?
Professor John Iredale, Regius Professor of Medical Science and Head of Edinburgh Medical School Title: Edinburgh Medical School: a world-class research environment
3.25-3.30 Closing remarks
3.30 - 4.00 Refreshments