Research into Child Development
The drooling reduction intervention trial: a single blind trial comparing the efficacy of glycopyronium and hyoscine on drooling in children with neurodisability
Dr Jeremy Parr et al.
Neuro-developmental outcomes of twins with different birth weights
Dr Ravi Swamy, Dr Nicholas Embleton
Neonatology, Ward 35, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle
The grant awarded allowed the purchase of equipment and forms for testing and recording psychological outcome in childhood, as well as travel expenses. The project successfully completed in 2010. Dr Swamy subsequently defended his thesis at viva voce and was awarded Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Newcastle University 2012. The work was presented at major international meetings in US (Pediatric Academic Societies) and Europe in 2009-2010.
PhD Thesis R Swamy. Neurodevelopmental outcomes of twins with different birthweights
Baby Express – Improving early relationships: A randomised controlled trial of an age paced parenting newsletter
Dr Tony Waterston, Ms Brenda Welsh
School of Clinical Medical Sciences. Newcastle University
The Baby Express project (which includes Toddler Express and Kids’ Express) has been extremely successful and has influenced national policy on parenting practice. A randomised controlled study was carried out on the effectiveness of the age-paced parenting newsletter and this showed improvements in understanding of the child and reduction in parent stress levels in the study arm. The work was published in Paediatrics and has been widely cited. As a result, the Department of Health recommended the use of Baby Express in the child health promotion programme.
Dr Caroline Relton
Institutue of Health & Society. Newcastle Univeristy
This project involved the collection of saliva samples and establishment of a biobanked DNA resource for the Gateshead Millennium Study. Samples from approximately 500 mother-child pairs were collected. DNA was extracted and remaining saliva frozen. Samples are under the custodianship of the Newcastle BioBank (NBB). The samples are available for use by the wider scientific community.