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Fetal i+D Cerebra Project

Towards a real impact on prenatal brain damage.

One in ten children has neurodevelopmental problems. It is estimated that about two thirds of these are of prenatal origin and in most instances, the problem occurred during fetal life, long before labor started. However, the vast majority of brain problems are manifested as subtle developmental disturbances. The impact of these “milder” neurological sequelae in the quality of life cannot be overemphasized. The possibility to diagnose brain abnormal development in fetuses and newborns, mainly caused by prematurity and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), and to implement specific interventions to prevent or reduce its impact would represent a major breakthrough in public health. These goals can only be achieved through competitive and innovative research and a multidisciplinary approach to the problem. The research team of Dr. Eduard Gratacós at the Fetal Medicine Research Center (Fetal i+D) is conducting an ambitious project addressing the major research needs to produce real clinical advances and eventually reducing the burden of brain injury of prenatal origin.