Approximately 1 in 9 infants are born prematurely for several reasons. These infants grow up to face several physical and mental challenges later on in life, including impaired brain development and learning disabilities. In fact, about 50-60% of them have to repeat a grade in middle school. The newly formed Department of Pediatric and Newborn Medicine at BWH has several experts working towards better detection of the likelihood of developing medical complications later in life and improving outcomes for such high risk infants. Join us on October 7th to learn more about these studies including work by Terrie Inder, MD, MBChB whose research focuses on infants at high risk for brain injury; Sarbattama Sent, MD, whose work is centered on clinical trials to study dietary interventions that can improve pregnancy outcomes for obese women and their infants; Christopher McPherson, PharmD , whose lab investigates the impact of drugs on the developing brain and Cynthia Ortinau, MD whose research focuses on magnetic resonance imaging studies of the brain before and after birth to understand the nature and timing of alterations in brain development and neurodevelopmental outcomes in infants born with congential heart disease.

Brain Development in Preterm Infants Video