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News: Novel form of MRI shows that premature birth interrupts brain development

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Novel form of MRI shows that premature birth interrupts brain development 

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Novel form of MRI shows that premature birth interrupts brain development 

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Researchers from King’s College London have for the first time used a novel form of MRI to identify crucial developmental processes in the brain that are vulnerable to the effects of premature birth. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), used diffusion MRI – a type of imaging which looks at the natural diffusion of water – to observe the maturation of the cerebral cortex where much of the brain’s computing power resides. By analysing the diffusion of water in the cerebral cortex of 55 premature infants and 10 babies born at full term they mapped the growing complexity and density of nerve cells across the whole of the cortex in the months before the normal time of birth. The new techniques developed will enable researchers to explore how the disruption of key processes can also cause conditions such as autism, and will be used in future studies to test possible treatments to prevent brain damage. The study was supported by the NIHR Guy's and St Thomas's Biomedical Research Centre and the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre.

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Kings College London media release 

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12/06/2013 

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14/07/2013 

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Created at 14/06/2013 17:14  by Leonilde Yahyaoui 
Last modified at 14/06/2013 17:14  by Leonilde Yahyaoui