Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Listen to an interview Luke did with ABC Radio Brisbane by following the link below.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
COOL BRAINS, COOL BABIES
More babies are being born preterm and this means that more babies are at risk of neurological damage. This can range from very mild to severe. In this video, Nature reporter Erika Check Hayden talks with researchers and clinicians who are developing ways to help these babies, at the Children’s Hospital of the University of California, San Francisco.
Interestingly the idea of cooling babies suspected of experiencing neurological damage (e.g. from lack of oxygen) has been around at least since the 1960's. But work by researchers in New Zealand lead to the development of a cooling cap that can be used in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Researchers are still working out the best way to use cooling to minimise the damage from these types of brain injuries. For example, how long should the baby/brain be cooled for, at what temperature, and how slowly should they be "rewarmed" afterwards?
The full story appeared in the journal Nature and can be read at:
Professor Donna Ferriero, who appears in the video, is head of Paediatric Neurology at Children's Hospital and also founded the Newborn Brain Research Institute at UCSF. She visited Australia and Adelaide in 2009 as the guest of the Paediatric Society of Australia and New Zealand. She met with the NeuroPAD team and was very interested in the PREMOCODE study.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Many of you will have visited us at the Women's and Children's Hospital in the Samuel Way Building. Well, we have not moved far - the Robinson Institute is directly over King William Road from the WCH - but we have certainly moved up a peg or two in terms of space and design!
Instead of one crowded office-come-waiting area, one lab and a dingy assessment room, we now have a big open plan office, 4 smaller private offices, 4 laboratories and a separate Movement and Cognitive assessment room.
There is a spacious and comfortable reception area, a baby feeding and changing room and toilets.
You will also have noticed a name change. We are now called Neuromotor Plasticity and Development or NeuroPAD for short (and much easier to say on the telephone!).
We hope to see some of you here in 2010!!
The open plan office area
Monday, November 30, 2009
Ten Australian health and medical research projects were chosen from among the 8,000 vital medical research projects underway in Australia today.
Read more by downloading "Ten of the Best Research Projects 2009" using the following link -
Listen to the interview with Dr. Pitcher using the following shortcut -
Read the transcript here -
Friday, November 27, 2009
Through this blog we hope to keep you up to date with all the latest news and information to come out of our laboratory. You can also expect to see periodical updates of the results and findings of our studies, as well as other items of interest. Interesting links will also be posted from time to time.
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