Brain and mental health from infancy to adolescence
28 April 2023
Our research has been featured in the University's "Brain and Mental Health" campaign, which highlights how some of the best minds at one of the world's leading universities are building on centuries of knowledge, and shaping the future of brain and mental health in the context of infant neuroscience and developmental psychology.
21 December 2022
On 15 and 16 November 2023 members of our team attended the International Neonatal Consortium (INC) Scientific Meeting in Bethesda. The INC is an international collaboration that brings together nurses, doctors, scientists, parents, regulators, and industry partners to improve neonatal care. We enjoyed the interesting talks from colleagues and parents who are at the forefront of neonatal care across the world. In addition, we were able to share our plans to improve the assessment of pain in neonatal clinical trials with the wider community.
Paediatric Neurorunners for SSNAP take on Oxford Half Marathon
25 November 2022
Members of the Paediatric Neuroimaging Research Group at the University of Oxford (based at the Newborn Care Unit) decided to team up to support SSNAP (Support for Sick Newborns And their Parents). The team of four (Simon Marchant, Maz Aspbury, Luke Baxter and Marianne van der Vaart) signed up for the Oxford half marathon on 16th October 2022 to raise money for the charity through sponsorship. A couple of injuries meant that only two crossed the finish line, but they put in enough effort for the whole team!
The development of pain perception in early life
2 August 2022
In this interview, Ebony chats with Rebeccah Slater, a professor of Pediatric Neuroimaging in the Department of Pediatrics (Oxford University, UK), about her research on neonatal pain perception and her involvement in FENS 2022. Slater’s lab focuses on how pain perception develops in early life and how this research can better equip doctors to manage and treat pain in babies.
Early life infection increases sensitivity to pain in newborn babies
14 July 2022
Researchers from Oxford’s Department of Paediatrics have discovered that infection can increase a baby’s sensitivity to pain, which may last longer than the infection.
Doctors learned how to save premature infants’ lives. They forgot about pain.
10 March 2022
Scientists are investigating how to treat pain in babies who can’t tell you when it hurts.
Why it's so hard to treat pain in infants
12 November 2021
For decades physicians believed that premature babies didn’t experience pain. Here’s what doctors know now – and the innovative solutions being embraced by today's caregivers.
Children’s pain ‘swept under the carpet for too long’ – Lancet Commission
22 October 2020
The launch of Lancet Child and Adolescent Health Commission - the first ever to address paediatric pain - aims to raise the profile of children’s pain from early years to early adulthood.
What happens to humans when we can't touch?
8 October 2020
Professor Rebeccah Slater explains how touch affects premature babies (external link to BBC Radio 4)
Visualising COVID-19 outbreak
2 April 2020
Paediatric Neuroimaging researcher provides real-time case information on epidemiological data from the COVID-19 outbreak.
Sharing the benefits
20 March 2020
At the beginning of the year our family leave policies were updated. Employees can now take up most of our family leave schemes from the first day of employment, meaning that more parents can now enjoy the benefits of our generous provisions. Hayriye Cagnan from the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, and husband Eugene Duff from the Department of Paediatrics, discuss their experience of shared parental leave following baby Ida’s arrival ten months ago.
New design of ‘bike helmet’ style brain scanner used with children for first time
7 November 2019
A new wearable ‘bike helmet’ style brain scanner, that allows natural movement during scanning, has been used in a study with young children for the first time. This marks an important step towards improving our understanding of brain development in childhood.
Public Engagement with Research
16 July 2019
Public engagement and outreach are an important priority for the Paediatric Neuroimaging Group. We regularly attend science festivals, visit schools, and take part in science communication events.
Neuroimaging research featured in Blueprint Magazine
13 February 2019
In the latest issue of the Blueprint, Shaunna Latchman meets Professor of Paediatric Neuroimaging, Rebeccah Slater to discuss the Paediatric Neuroimaging Group and find out why a gentle touch really does goes a long way.
The power of touch
18 December 2018
Deniz Gursul demonstrates that gentle stroking modulates noxious-evoked brain activity in human infants
Is morphine an effective and safe analgesic for premature babies?
7 December 2018
The Lancet has published the results of the Procedural Pain in Premature Infants (Poppi) study, which was run by the Paediatric Neuroimaging Group and co-ordinated by the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (Clinical Trials Unit).
Caroline Hartley is awarded a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship
28 November 2018
Dr Caroline Hartley, a Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Paediatric Neuroimaging Group, has been awarded the highly competitive Sir Henry Dale Fellowship.