Characterizing brain and infant development during the first years of life
We are conducting different studies that aim to characterize brain and overall development in infants born with a complex condition such as congenital heart defects or preterm birth. We hope that the results from these studies will help us to better identify children who are more likely to present with developmental difficulties and guide the development of targeted early interventions to optimize infants' development.
Characterizing the neurodevelopment of school aged children born with neonatal encephalopathy
Parents and clinicians are currently missing important information on the brain development and outcome trajectories of school-aged children born with neonatal encephalopathy (NE) who received therapeutic hypothermia treatment. This study aims to address this gap in knowledge and compare children's neurodevelopment profile to peers of the same age who have not had NE. We hope that our study's findings will provide valuable information on how to better support the long-term outcomes of children with NE at birth to thrive during the school-age years.
Understanding functioning in youth
An important age group is the transitioning young adults. This study documents how adolescents and young adults born with a complex condition such as a congenital heart defect or a preterm birth function in their everyday lives. Specifically, this study investigates if there is a relationship between how their brain has developed and some of the abilities or difficulties that they may have. We hope that our findings will help provide adequate support to adolescents as they transition into adulthood.
Identifying developmental coordination disorder in preschoolers