Paediatrics and Child Health - Clinical and Experimental Sciences

Perinatal and developmental neurology

Our research focuses on investigating the relationships between brain development and long-term neurodevelopment in different groups of children who were born "at-risk." We use neuroimaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and neurophysiology, electroencephalogram (EEG) to assess neural correlates of early brain injury and subsequent brain development. Our research is closely linked to clinical practice, with strong translational focus, and is conducted in a in a vibrant multidisciplinary environment.  

Current research includes developmental trajectories, from newborn to school age, after neonatal hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy and neonatal stroke. These conditions are common in the newborn period and have life-long consequences for both the affected children and their families. We are conducting research in how parental mental health and child development interact in families who have had a newborn who required neonatal intensive care.  

The group work closely with affected families, support groups, and professional organisations to develop research priorities, disseminate research findings, and contribute to education of professionals who work with this group of patients and their families. Our public engagement project “NeuroKids,” which is run jointly with colleagues from the School of Psychology and Southampton Primary Schools, aims to stimulate children's interests in neuroscience​ and help them to understand about neurodiversity.