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Research project

Construction of novel, international tools and standards to measure development in children <24 months

Project overview

1. Design, construction and validation of the Oxford Neurodevelopmental Assessment (OX-NDA) to measure cognition, language, motor skills, and behaviour in children aged 10 to 14 months.
Funding Source: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation via the Pelotas Infant Sleep Hygiene Counselling RCT
Study Location: Pelotas, Brazil
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

2. Design, construction and validation of the Neonatal Neuronehavioural Assessment (Neo-NBA) to measure neurological maturity, behaviour, responses, and relfexes in neonates upto 28 days old.
Study Location: Turin, Italy
Role: Chief Investigator


Lead researcher

Dr Dr Michelle Fernandes

Clinical Lecturer in Child Health

Research interests

  • Understanding the interplay between factors affecting brain development during the first 1000 days of life
  • Developing tools to better measure neurodevelopmental outcomes in young children
  • Evaluating scalable, family-centred interventions to promote/rescue development in young children
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