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Professor Nikki Robertson trained in neonatal medicine in Melbourne and London after completing her medical training at the University of Edinburgh. Her interest in perinatal brain injury was kindled at the Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College London in the late 1990s, a time of exponential increase in our understanding of the evolution of brain injury after birth asphyxia. Using MRI and MRS, the timing and evolution of brain injury in babies with neonatal encephalopathy (NE) could be followed, leading to the seminal finding that therapetuic hypothermia (HT) ameliorates the secondary wave of energy failure.  HT is now standard care in babies with NE, however, not all babies benefit. Since 2003 at UCL, Professor Robertson has used pre-clinical models to assess the safety and efficacy of additional  therapies that  can complement and synergize with HT, eg melatonin and human umbilical mesenchymal stem cells. In 2020, Professor Robertson joined the University of Edinburgh as Professor in Perinatal Neuroscience. 

Education/Academic qualification

Neuroscience, Doctor of Medicine, University of London

Award Date: 1 Dec 2002

Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Edinburgh

1 Aug 198331 Jul 1988

Award Date: 1 Jul 1988

External positions

Professor of Perinatal Neuroscience, University College London

1 Apr 2003 → …


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