Dr David Odd
Award: £4,134 : Incidence of perinatal pathology in post-term deliveries and long term consequences.
While there is a lot of work looking at the long term outcomes of infants born too early, little has been done for those born after their due date, despite the obvious role for medical intervention. Some of this work suggests that babies born after their due date are more likely to suffer brain damage around birth but other work shows no effect and more data is badly needed. David will use his Springboard award to investigate the risk of being born in a poor condition at, or after term, and the possible reasons for this. He will then analyse whether infants born after term do worse on measures of cognition, education and social functioning in adulthood. This work will help identify if the adverse effects of post-term delivery are possible consequence of perinatal asphyxia, and therefore will help advise healthcare providers and pregnant women to help reduce significant morbidity on the infant, the family and the NHS.