The ESPR Brain, Development and Imaging Section

Welcome to the Brain, Development and Imaging Section of the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR)

The Brain, Development and Imaging Section consists of like minded individuals interested in the study of early brain injury and long term consequences. Their work looks at improving prediction, detection and prevention of injury to the developing brain and includes a strong focus on imaging and electrophysiology of the developing brain. we strive for better ways to prevent, predict, detect, and treat early brain injury.

  • Our objectives

    The section aims to improve outcomes for all infants, children and the adults that they will become. We have a strong focus on the study of early brain injury, particularly injury to the preterm and term brain. We have expertise in early brain injury, neonatal neuroprotection, brain imaging techniques and outcome assessment. Our work spans from pre-clinical experimental work through observation studies, cohort studies and onwards to translate these findings into clinical trials and implementation of evidence based medicine to the care and protection of the developing brain.

  • Meet the Section Council

    Deirdre Murray
    Consultant Paediatrician, Prof of Paediatrics, MD, PhD
    Section Chair since 2019
    Cork University Hospital
    University College Cork, Ireland
    Principal Investigator and Lead for Paediatric Research
    INFANT centre, UCC (

    Kasper Jacobsen Kyng
    Consultant, Associate professor, MD, PhD
    Section Council member since 2019
    Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
    Aarhus University Hospital


    Olivier Baud
    Neonatologist, Professor, MD, PhD
    Section Council member since 2024
    Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève


    Ana Alarcon Allen
    Neonatologist, Ass. Professor, MD
    Section Council member since 2019
    Neonatology Department, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu
    Inst. de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu
    Universitat de Barcelona
    Barcelona, Spain


    Ivo Bendix
    Researcher, Professor, PhD
    Section Council member since 2019
    Dpt. of Pediatrics I/ Neonatology &
    Experimental perinatal Neurosciences
    University Hospital Essen,
    University Duisburg-Essen
    Essen, Germany

    Jeroen Dudink
    Neonatologist, Assoc. Professor
    Section Council member since 2019
    Neonatology Department, University Medical Center Utrecht
    Chair Early Childhood, University of Utrecht
    PI Sleep Discovery Lab UMCU
    The Netherlands


    Ted Carl Kejlberg Andelius
    Paediatric Registrar, MD, PhD
    Young Section Council member since 2019
    Department of Paediatrics
    Aarhus University Hospital

  • Current & future activities/projects
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy in Neonatology - State-of the-art series for Paediatric Research
    • Editorial on the definition of neonatal encephalopathy and hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy for Pediatric Research: opinion statement. In collaboration with the members of the Newborn Brain Society.
    • Online cerebral basic ultrasound course
  • Upcoming meetings of the section


  • Publications

    List of publications in Pediatric Research by the EurUS.Brain Group:

    • Cranial ultrasound by neonatologists (To view the paper, click here)
    • State-of-the-art neonatal cerebral ultrasound: technique and reporting (To view the paper, click here)
    • Cranial ultrasound findings in preterm germinal matrix haemorrhage, sequelae and outcome (To view the paper, click here)
    • Ultrasound of acquired posterior fossa abnormalities in the newborn (To view the paper, click here)
    • Preterm white matter injury: ultrasound diagnosis and classification (To view the paper, click here)
    • Diagnostic and predictive value of Doppler ultrasound for evaluation of the brain circulation in preterm infants: a systematic review (To view the paper, click here)
    • The development and validation of a cerebral ultrasound scoring system for infants with hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy (To view the paper, click here)
    • Results of the SafeBoosC-III trial have now been published and can be accessed here. This was a randomized, phase 3 trial of cerebral oximetry monitoring conducted at 70 sites in 17 countries, extremely preterm infants (gestational age, <28 weeks), were assigned within 6 hours after birth, to receive treatment guided by cerebral oximetry monitoring for the first 72 hours after birth or to receive usual care. A video summary of the trial can also be found here.


  • How to engage with us

    Please contact the ESPR Secretariat via We will be more than happy to forward your request to the members of the Brain, Development and Imaging Section.

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