Theirworld Edinburgh Birth Cohort project

Monday, 27 March, 2017

This month, Sue Fletcher-Watson (Clinical Brain Sciences) is featured in the Times Educational Supplement (TES) talking about her research as part of the 'Theirworld Edinburgh Birth Cohort' project (TEBC). The TEBC is a landmark study, led by James Boardman (MRC Centre for Reproductive Health), aimed at improving the health of women and their children who are born prematurely. The £1.5m project will track 400 children from birth to adulthood in a bid to find new ways of preventing and treating brain injuries in newborns. Sue is the lead psychologist on the project, developing and analysing the protocol for cognitive follow-up across early childhood. In the TES piece she discusses how being born early can impact on a child's development and proposes ways in which we might change educational and clinical practice to better support those premature babies who go on to struggle in the classroom.