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Predicting motor impairments in children born very preterm

A systematic review of studies reporting risk factors for cerebral palsy and motor impairment in very preterm children has been published in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. The review, by NPEU researchers Louise Linsell, Reem Malouf, Jenny Kurinczuk and others, identified 28 articles published over two decades. The primary prognostic risk factors identified were major brain ultrasound abnormalities, male sex, antenatal corticosteroids (which predicts a lower risk) and postnatal steroids (which predicts a higher risk). Read the paper and the related editorial.

Predicting behavioural problems in children born very preterm

A systematic review of studies reporting models for predicting behavioural problems or psychiatric disorders in very preterm children has been published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. The review, by NPEU researchers Louise Linsell, Reem Malouf, Jenny Kurinczuk and others identified 15 articles published over two decades, but revealed a lack of evidence for any risk factors. The review concluded that there is a need for further research using large, well-conducted studies with standard diagnostic evaluations in school-age children and adolescents born very preterm. Read the abstract of the paper.

Daphne Jackson Fellowship opportunity

Are you a researcher looking to get back into work after a career break for family, health or caring reasons? If you've been away from the world of work for at least two years, hold a science or related degree, and a doctorate or at least three years research experience you may be eligible for a Daphne Jackson Fellowship. Applications are now open for three University of Oxford sponsored Daphne Jackson Fellowships - for more information see the University's vacancy pages. To talk about potential opportunities for pursuing a Daphne Jackson Fellowship with us at the NPEU please contact Maria Quigley for an informal discussion.

Abstracts accepted for 1st Congress of joint European Neonatal Societies

NPEU researcher Louise Linsell will be at the 1st Congress of joint European Neonatal Societies (jENS) in Budapest this coming September, presenting her systematic review on the prediction of neurodevelopmental impairment in babies born very preterm.  She will be exhibiting two posters summarising all the prognostic research carried out over the last two decades on the prediction of cognitive and motor outcomes in these babies.  If you're at the conference, please come and say hello!

Louise's systematic review on the prediction of cognitive outcomes will also be published shortly in JAMA Pediatrics, so you will be able to read about her research in full.

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