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‘From agony to analgesia: seeing pain’ – Poppi investigators interviewed on BBC Radio 4

Poppi investigators Dr Rebeccah Slater and Dr Fiona Moultrie recently featured in a BBC Radio 4 programme entitled ‘From Agony to Analgesia’. The episode, ‘Seeing Pain’, was broadcast on 16th August 2017 and explored current research in the field of pain, including areas such as pain measurement in premature babies, phantom limb syndrome and chronic pain. Dr Slater and Dr Moultrie explain current approaches used to measure pain in babies, and the possibility of using brain activity as a new measure of pain. In particular, they discuss how pain could be determined specifically in premature babies in the context of the Poppi trial. The full radio programme can be accessed at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08r1tsx#play.

Record month for Poppi!

Fantastic effort from the Poppi team at the JR in Oxford, they have broken the Poppi recruitment record by recruiting 5 participants this month, bringing our total up to 19 participants! Thank you to all the families who have agreed to take part, and congratulations to the Poppi team - keep up the great work!

New publication for Poppi investigators!

Dr Caroline Hartley and the rest of the PIPA group have published an article validating the measure of infant nociceptive brain activity used in the Poppi trial. Validation of these approaches is important to ensure that nociceptive brain activity can be interpreted accurately, so effective pain relief measures can be developed for the infant population.

This publication has caused huge interest from the media – articles about the team (led by Dr Rebeccah Slater), and their work, have been published in the New Scientist and on IEEE Spectrum.

An interview with Dr Rebeccah Slater about the work of the group is also available on the International business times UK website.

View Caroline Hartley's publication on the Science Translational Medicine website.

Poppi Trial reaches 6 months’ recruitment!

The Poppi Trial, led by Dr Eleri Adams and Dr Rebeccah Slater and supported by SSNAP (Support for the Sick Newborn And their Parents), has now been open for 6 months! This trial is running at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, and the Poppi team here have worked incredibly hard to recruit 11 babies so far. Thank you to all the families taking part, and great job Poppi team - keep up the good work!

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Funding Acknowledgement: The Poppi trial is funded by the National Institute for Health Research EME Programme and The Wellcome Trust in collaboration with the Department of Paediatrics.