MRI Assessment of Brain Development in At Risk Newborn Babies

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

Application deadline: 10 Apr 2019

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.

What we are looking for in a successful applicant

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.

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