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.
- Relating glucose levels in newborn babies to later developmental outcomes
- Childhood outcomes after trials of new treatments before and around the time of birth
- Effect of Early Protein Intake on Later Growth and Development of Children Born Very Preterm
- Development of children born at risk of neonatal hypoglycaemia and given oral dextrose gel: Follow-up at 2 years of age of children in the hPOD randomised controlled trial
- Childhood Outcome After Neonatal Hypoglycaemia