Premature babies -- the effects of oxygen fluctuations
This research was completed on 30 September 2003
|Project Leader||Dr S K Sedowofia, PhD, Professor N McIntosh DSc (Med) and Dr R A Minns, FRCP, FRCPH.|
|Location||Child Life and Health Section and the Neonatology Section, Department of Reproductive and Developmental Sciences, University of Edinburgh.|
|Grant awarded||12 July 2001|
|Start date||1 October 2001|
|End date||30 September 2003|
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Valuable progress has been made in our ability to care for premature babies but a significant proportion of those who arrive very early suffer brain injuries that can result in cerebral palsy, behavioural difficulties and learning problems. This team has found that preterm infants given additional oxygen experience fluctuations in their blood oxygen levels. Although oxygen is essential for survival, preliminary studies have suggested that fluctuations in the level of oxygen might be harmful to the developing brain. This project will investigate the effects of oxygen fluctuations on the brain using a model developed in the laboratory. The aim of the work is to further improve intensive care for premature babies.