Brain health in the baby born early: PUBLIC LECTURE Event as iCalendar

13 November 2018

5:30 - 7pm

Venue: Lecture theatre 007, Building 505

Location: Grafton campus, 85 Park Road, University of Auckland

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Preterm birth is a major public health issue affecting an estimated 13 million babies worldwide. Despite advances in NICU care, it remains a leading cause of childhood and lifelong disability.

For the final Liggins Institute public lecture of the year, we're delighted to welcome guest speaker Professor Steven Miller from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Come along to learn more about the dramatic period of brain development that occurs in babies born preterm as they go through their medical care in a NICU.

Very preterm infants, born two or more months early, have the highest risk for later life challenges. More than half of these very preterm infants have serious developmental issues that affect thinking, language, behaviour, hearing, vision or motor skills. Despite efforts to improve the brain health of babies born preterm, there is still wide variation in abilities later in life, even when comparing children born at the same gestational age.

In this fascinating lecture, Professor Miller will examine how our understanding of brain injury in a baby impacts early brain development, how the 'everyday' experiences of preterm babies can positively or negatively influence brain development, and how these changes ultimately impact a child’s development.

You are warmly invited to join us from 5.30pm for drinks and nibbles in the atrium. The lecture will begin at 6pm.

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5.30 pm
- Drinks and nibbles
6 pm - Lecture
7 pm - Event closes
Lecture Theatre 007, Building 505, Grafton Campus | Free