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Doctors learned how to save premature infants’ lives. They forgot about pain.


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


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


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


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


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.

The new academic year begins

A huge welcome to the Marianne van der Vaart who has joined our team to begin her DPhil studies. Marianne will be looking at the relationship between structural and functional brain development in early infancy. The term has kicked off with a lively teaching session from Gabi Schmidt Mellado where she has been showing the team how to place electrodes on Luke's head.

Young Investigator Award for Caroline Hartley

Caroline has been awarded the 2018 Neonatal Update Young Investigator Award. The award recognises her outstanding contribution to the field of neonatal medicine. Caroline will give a prize Young Investigator Lecture at the 2018 Neonatal Update meeting on 20 November at BMA House, where she will discuss the relevance of her past and future work to neonatal medicine. Congratulations to Caroline.

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