Mater Researcher receives Associate Professorship

Thursday 06 December 2018

Dr Samudragupta (Sam) Bora Group Leader of Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up and Outcomes at Mater Research has recently been promoted to Associate Professor at Mater Research and UQ’s Faculty of Medicine.

This promotion recognises Sam’s sustained and outstanding contribution to research in his field and the committed leadership and mentorship he has shown his team.

Sam’s research currently focuses on answering a range of key questions concerning high-risk infants, particularly those born prematurely, to improve the quality of life of children and their families.

“This promotion is a fantastic recognition of the work we have been doing, however it would not have been possible without the hard work of my team, and the support of the Mater Foundation.

Most important of all is the contribution made by families involved in the trials whose help has been invaluable as we try to improve outcomes for children born prematurely.” Sam said.

The work currently underway in Sam’s group includes tracking the long term neurodevelopmental outcomes of children with spina bifida who have had prenatal surgery at the Mater Mothers' Hospital, South Brisbane—the first and the only site in Australasia to perform this ground breaking procedure, and adapting and standardising the U.S. version of the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development for the Australian and New Zealand context to maximise clinical utility and minimise any cultural bias.