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Devasuda Anblagan, BSc PhD

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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Nottingham
MRI of Foetal Development
Bachelor of Science, University of Nottingham

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseFetal and Neonatal Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Research Interests

My principal research interests lie in the field of foetal and neonatal MRI. I study the effect of the uterine environment on foetal development and investigate factors that confer risk or resilience for injury that occur during early development. In particular, I am interested in the effect of maternal smoking, drug abuse and stress on foetal organ growth, especially foetal brain. My work shows that maternal smoking is associated with reduced growth of foetal brain, lung and kidney at each gestation, even when the volumes are corrected to total foetal volume. Foetuses exposed to maternal smoking are also smaller in size. I have also investigated the effect of maternal diabetes on foetal obesity and placental blood flow. I have shown that foetal fat volume and total foetal volume are increased in the foetuses of diabetic mothers. In addition to this, I am exploring the microstructural changes in the brain that accompany preterm birth, by incorporating diffusion MRI and tractography. My future research plans are to expand the foundations of my work and venture into foetal and neonatal abdominal and cardiovascular MRI. 

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