Project Code: 10421697
Faculty: Liggins Institute
Department: Liggins Institute
Main Supervisor: Dist Prof Jane Harding
Principal investigator: Dr Chris McKinlay
Application open date: 11 Apr 2018
Enrolment information: NZ Citizens, NZ Permanent Residents, International
Newborn babies are vulnerable to brain injury, such as that caused by preterm birth, inadequate nutrition, and low blood glucose levels. Understanding how growth and maturation of the newborn brain are affected by these factors would help design better ways to feed and care for babies at risk.
This project will involve obtaining and analysing brain MRI data from preterm newborns and from older children.
First Class Masters or Honours degree or equivalent in:
- A relevant clinical discipline eg medicine, paediatrics, neonatal nursing, developmental psychology
-A relevant physical sciences discipline eg Biomedical engineering, Medical physics
To determine the relationship between early nutrition and glucose levels in preterm and at-risk babies, and later brain development as assessed by MRI.
- Effect of Early Protein Intake on Later Growth and Development of Children Born Very Preterm
- What do families want to know about outcomes after trials of new treatments in pregnancy and the newborn?
- Childhood outcomes after dextrose gel for preventing low glucose levels in babies
- Childhood outcomes after a trial of extra protein for babies born very preterm
- Do lower thresholds for diagnosis of gestational diabetes have later benefits for mothers and babies?