Brain cooling to avoid damage in newborn babies
This research was completed on 31 December 2003
|Project Leader||Professor J S Wyatt, FRCP, Professor R J Ordidge, PhD, Mr E B Cady, BSc and Professor D T Delpy, FRS.|
|Location||Department of Paediatrics, University College London Medical School, in conjunction with the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering, University College London.|
|Grant awarded||23 October 1997|
|Start date||20 October 1997|
|End date||31 December 2003|
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