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NEURO and MENTAL HEALTH

Leader of this group:

Prof. MD Irene Elgen

“Neuro” and Mental health are the two major research focus in our group. Further, we aim to bridge these two area of research in favour of best health outcomes for children at risk.

 

Neuro

Our research within the field of neuro-paediatrics focuses on neuro-genetic, neuro-metabolic and mitochondrial disorders in closed collaboration with the Mitochondrial Medicine & Neurogenetics research group (MMN), https://www.uib.no/en/rg/mitochondrial_medicine/64369/who-are-we#  [HOSM1] University of Bergen and our international collaborating centres.

 

Child abuse is another important area of our research as we are aiming to understand the size and scope of child abuse in Norway and describe the associated mental and health impairment. Collaboration have already been stablished with both the ophthalmology and radiological departments, Haukeland university hospital, Bergen, Norway.

 

Additional area of research include; epilepsy and quality of life in children with central nervous system tumour in collaboration with Bergen Epilepsy Research Groups (BERG)[HOSM2]  https://www.uib.no/en/rg/epilepsy/66826/our-research-projects#4-nbsp-epilepsy-and-cancer

 

Mental health

Several risk factors in early childhood are import for later health and mental outcome. Prematurity, prenatally exposed to drugs, and cerebral palsy are some of the risk factors we have focused on. Sleep disorders and its associated health related impairment is another area of our research.  

 

 

Members of the group

 

Kristian Sommerfelt Professor, MD, PhD.

1. Long term follow-up studies of neurodevelopmental outcome for infants born preterm and extremely preterm and/ or small for gestational age. 

2. Intrauterine growth and feto-placental circulatory characteristics as predictors of neonatal and long term outcome for preterm infants.

3. Etiology and clinical characteristics in chronic fatigue syndrome in children and adolescents. 

 

 

 

 

Stein Magnus Aukland, Professor, MD, PhD

Project Extreme Prematurity Imaging of the brain and of the lungs in young adults born prematurely and/or low birthweight. Brain imaging of newborns. MR imaging of fetal brain.

Brain imaging of children exposed to substances during pregnancy.

 

 

 

Omar Hikmat Fellow researcher PhD, MD

Special interest in paediatric neuro-metabolic, mitochondrial disorders and complex epilepsy.

Main research interest is within mitochondrial medicine and in particular POLG related disorders. He is responsible for the National Norwegian POLG registry and currently doing his PhD (Translating recent advances in mitochondrial medicine to clinical practice) at the Department of Clinical Medicine (K1), University of Bergen. 

 

 

 

Hanne Marit Bjørgaas Post doc, MD, PhD

Psychiatric disorders in children with cerebral palsy: Is there a need for mental health screening?

 

 

 

 

Mari Hysing Professor, Psychol, PhD

Project Extreme Prematurity, Psychiatric disorders in children with cerebral palsy, and Children exposed to substances during pregnancy: Supporting and supervising research regarding mental health outcomes.

 

 

 

Griffith Silja MD, PhD

Project Extreme Prematurity: Functional MRI, structural MRI and school performance in extremely preterm/extremely low birth weight children. Main research focus is the neurological aspect of prematurity.

 

 

 

 

 

Silje Elgen Fevang MD, PhD

Project Extreme Prematurity: Mental health among children born extremely preterm or with extremely low birth weight at preschool- and school age. A national population based study.

 

 

 

Kristine Marie Stangenes MD, PhD fellow.

Project Extreme Prematurity Sleep in children born extremely preterm. Senior physician at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health at the department Health Registry Research and Development.

 

 

 

 

 

Eivind Sirnes, MD, PhD

Children exposed to substances during pregnancy: Cerebral Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Children with Prenatal Drug Exposure: structural and functional aspects of the opioid-exposed brain.

 

Lisbeth Sandtorv, MD, PhD

Children exposed to substances during pregnancy: Mental health and care situation in school-aged children prenatally exposed to alcohol and other substances: a hospital-based study.

 

 

 

 

Tomas Sørbø, MD

Main  research interest is within the field of child abuse and non-accidental injury.

 

 

 

 

Gudrun Henriksen, MD, PhD student

Brain tumor is the most common solid pediatric tumor and the leading cause of cancer mortality in children. With improvement in survival of pediatric brain tumors, more children will show signs of neurologic sequelae related to the tumor and the treatment. Seizures is one of the most common neurologic complication.

Aims of the study is to describe incidence, risk factor and treatment for seizures in pediatric CNS tumors, in a large pediatric cohort; a collaborative study collecting data from all cancer treating centers in Norway.