Promoting Brain Health in the Preterm Neonate: insights from imaging Event as iCalendar

07 November 2018

12:30 - 1:30pm

Venue: Liggins Institute – Room 505-003

Location: 85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland

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Prof Steven Miller

About the talk: The rate of preterm birth is rising worldwide. In recent decades, improved neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) therapies have reduced the mortality and increased the survival of preterm newborns. Despite advances in NICU care, preterm birth remains a leading cause of childhood and lifelong disability. As such, it is an urgent priority to improve the health and developmental trajectories of these children. MRI now provides an unprecedented window on the developing brain in preterm neonates. In this lecture he will address three objectives, informed by recent insights from brain imaging:

1. To identify the contemporary spectrum of white matter injury in the preterm neonate

2. To recognize the importance of brain development in the preterm neonate

3. To identify opportunities to improve brain health of neonates through “everyday” interventions, including the management of pain


About the speaker: Dr Miller is Head of the Division of Neurology and Centre for Brain & Mental Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, and Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto. He holds the Bloorview Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Paediatric Neuroscience. Collaborating with a multidisciplinary team, his research program focuses on how to promote brain development in the newborn. He and his team use advanced brain imaging and detailed long-term follow-up to understand the impact of critical illness and intensive care therapies on the developing brain. He has contributed to our understanding of brain health and outcomes of children born too early or with heart disease. Dr Miller recently served as the President of the Society for Pediatric Research and is passionate about supporting the career development of child health researchers. He now co-directs “Child-Bright”, an innovative pan-Canadian network that aims to improve life outcomes for children with brain-based developmental disabilities and their families.