21 Feb 18. Being born early
Let's talk about health. The effect of being born early on children and you...
- Professor James Boardman, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health
- Dr Sue Fletcher-Watson, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences
Hear from James Boardman about how research focuses on answering three main questions:
- What is the effect on brain development and the long term outcome?
- How can we identify babies who may benefit from early therapies in improving the outcome?
- What is it about being born early that leads to risk (and resilience) for brain development?
How MRI has helped carry out the above research
Hear how having scans done at our Edinburgh Imaging Facility RIE on babies at their premature birth date and again at their full term birth date, has allowed researchers to work with physicists to create a 'brain atlas'. This allows us to focus on known regions of the brain that subserve different functions, and which regions are altered by premature birth. Adding this information to maps of brain connectivity allows researchers to ask questions on how brain connections change in relation to preterm birth.
Hear also from Dr Sue Fletcher-Watson who is a Developmental Psychologist working on the follow up phases of the Theirworld Edinburgh Birth Cohort (TEBC) study, which includes designing and evaluating new supports for children and families .