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The development of pain perception in early life

Research

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

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.

Research

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

Research

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

Publication Research

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?

Professor Rebeccah Slater explains how touch affects premature babies (external link to BBC Radio 4)

Visualising COVID-19 outbreak

Paediatric Neuroimaging researcher provides real-time case information on epidemiological data from the COVID-19 outbreak.

Sharing the benefits

General

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

Research

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

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

Publication

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

Publication Research

Deniz Gursul demonstrates that gentle stroking modulates noxious-evoked brain activity in human infants

Is morphine an effective and safe analgesic for premature babies?

Publication Research

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

Dr Caroline Hartley, a Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Paediatric Neuroimaging Group, has been awarded the highly competitive Sir Henry Dale Fellowship.

Two prize winning talks from the Paediatric Neuroimaging team

Fiona Moultrie and Caroline Hartley gave prize winning talks this week at two London meetings.

Bliss to fund the study of pain relief in newborns

The Paediatric Neuroimaging research team from the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Oxford will receive a £145,987 grant from Bliss, over three years, to fund a project which seeks to improve the measurement and treatment of pain in premature babies.

"Did you know...?"

From the Town Hall, through pubs, up to shopping centres – throughout October, teams from Paediatrics have been showcasing their work all over Oxford as part of the Ideas Festival.

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