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Name Professor Marianne Thoresen
Job title Professor of Neonatal Neuroscience
Department Bristol Medical School (THS) University of Bristol
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Qualifications MD, PhD(Oslo)
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Keywords effect of temperature on the development of brain injury
cellular mechanisms of hypothermic neuroprotection
drugs and hypothermia
protective strategies against posthaemhorrhagic ventricular dilatation
Areas of expertise I trained as a physiotherapist. Treating children with cerebral palsy motivated me to study medicine. While a medical student I took a PhD on cerebral blood flow in the newborn infant. I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm and then trained as a clinical paediatrician in Oslo. I became interested in cerebral protection from hypothermia in 1990 and was, in 1995, the first to show that post-hypoxic cooling could reduce brain damage in the newborn. I have investigated the mechanisms by which hypothermia protects the newborn brain and was one of the first to pilot the clinical use of hypothermia in babies when I moved to UK in 1998. I am currently working as a Consultant Neonatologist at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol.
Languages (other than English)
Norwegian/Norsk spoken    written