The Evelyn Perinatal Imaging Centre – ground-breaking clinical research centre

The Evelyn Perinatal Imaging Centre – ground-breaking clinical research centre

Funding of £½ million from the Evelyn Trust has contributed to this ground-breaking clinical research centre – the only one of its kind in the UK.

Dedicated to studying brain development in newborns, the new centre opened in the Rosie Hospital in October is already facilitating life-changing research into babies’ brain function, using the latest non-invasive, light based technologies. 

This centre of excellence is based in the heart of the Rosie Hospital close to the neonatal intensive care unit, postnatal wards and birthing suite. Its location allows both healthy and sick newborn infants in their earliest stages of life to benefit from the ground breaking work being carried out nearby.

Dr Topun Austin, centre lead and consultant neonatologist at the Rosie, explains “Advances in medical technology and expertise have dramatically improved survival rates for babies over the past 30 years. However, pre-term infants and those who suffer from a shortage of blood flow and oxygen during delivery can experience lifelong neurological problems. These facilities help us identify babies at risk of long-term brain injury and better understand how they respond to different treatments”. 

The Evelyn Trust was able to fund the construction and fitting out of the centre following a successful applicationmade by Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT).  This unique facility houses a dedicated infant-scanning room, state-of-the-art optical imaging and EEG monitoring systems alongside a physics laboratory and research office. There is also space for a dedicated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner for mothers and babies in the future.

Bill Pike, charity director from the Evelyn Trust, commented: “The Evelyn Trust is delighted to see this facility up-and-running, and babies already benefitting from the unique blend of specialists now on hand to support them in their first hours and days of life.” 

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