The University of Essex Babylab is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2015. Dr Silvia Rigato and Dr Karla Holmboe pursued an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Longitudinal trajectories in brain function in infancy”.
They tracked the development in 60 infants from the last trimester of pregnancy through to 10 months old, and studied their attention skills such as alertness monitored by heart rate, and social skills such as face perception monitored by eye tracking. In the future, these developmental trajectories will be used to help identify infants at risk of poor intellectual and social outcomes.
Silvia, Karla and Manuela are now analysing all the data collected and we will soon know the results about this exciting project. Stay tuned!