Neurodevelopmental Follow-up and Outcomes Research

The mission of the Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up and Outcomes research group is to improve the quality of life of high-risk infants, particularly those born prematurely, and their families. The group also has a growing research interest in congenital heart disease and global child health. Research studies span two core themes:

1. Develop a better understanding of long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes of high-risk infants.
2. Discover the independent and interrelated roles of neurological and social processes impacting these neurodevelopmental outcomes.

To address these issues, studies employ a range of methods including neurodevelopmental assessments, neuroimaging, parent and teacher reports, surveys and meta-analyses. The group also maintains collaborative working relationships with researchers based at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA; University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand; University of Ghana Medical School, Accra, Ghana; University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand and Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, USA.

Group Members (primary area of focus):

Honours Researchers
Jemima Walker (preterm birth and family dynamics)
Olivia Yaksich (preterm birth and family dynamics)

MD Researchers
Abdul Zia (global child health)
Hannah Sazon (global child health)
Harini Rajasekaran (preterm birth and neurodevelopmental outcomes)
Oriane Ezedine (congenital heart disease and family dynamics)

PhD Researchers
Benjamin Austin (organisational behaviour in neonatal intensive care settings)
Gautam Dagur (congenital heart disease and neurodevelopmental outcomes)
Grace Fitzallen (preterm birth and neurodevelopmental outcomes)
Harriet Lawford (global child health)
Karen Eagleson (congenital heart disease and family dynamics)
Theresa Chin (congenital heart disease and neurodevelopmental outcomes)
Victoria Gill (preterm birth and neurodevelopmental outcomes)
Yashna Sagar (preterm birth and neurodevelopmental outcomes)

Research Fellows
Dr Kylee Forrest
Dr Emma Sanders

Research Group Coordinator: Tiffany Gerlich

Group Leader

  • Dr Samudragupta Bora