Treating the newborn brain
Preterm birth is a global health problem with an increased risk for the child to develop serious illness both directly after birth and later. Maternal infections are known risk factors for preterm birth which is also linked to increased risk of neurological sequelae in the child, such as cerebral palsy, cognitive and neuropsychiatric disabilities. However, we lack full understanding of the underlying pathophysiology and biomarkers that can identify children at risk that would benefit from interventions. Our research investigates how injuries occur in the developing brain and neuroprotective interventions. The studies are conducted in both unique patient groups and in clinically relevant animal models with modern cellular and molecular methods.