Pre- and postnatal environmental and genetic factors in relation to brain development
The primary objective of this project is to relate brain development by magnetic resonance intaging (MRi) to pre- and postnatal circumstances and functioning in several hundred children, testing how genetic variations and pre- and postnatal environmental factors interact in the development of brain, cognition and coping in normal and at risk (preterm born) children.
Children aged 4-11 will be recruited and scanned and assessed twice with cognitive and screening tests, a year apart. Normal variation in behavioral outcomes and consequences of health problems studied in MoBa, e.g. cognitive problems in children born prematurely (n=100) or with low birth weight are mediated by cerebral characteristics, and data on brain development will become part of the MoBa database.
Project owner/ Project manager
University of Oslo, Department of Psychology
Norwegian University of Science and Technology