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Marianne Van Der Vaart

BSc, MSc, MSc, DPhil

Postdoctoral Researcher

Using neuroimaging to understand infant pain and its treatment.


Marianne has been a member of the Paediatric Neuroimaging Group since 2018, first as a DPhil student and now as a postdoctoral researcher. She is interested in improving the way we assess pain in newborns and in understanding how clinical procedures impact infants' brain activity, behaviour and physiology. 

During her DPhil, she characterised premature infants' brain activity to a clinical procedure. Currently, she is working on improving the standardised assessment of infant pain to facilitate clinical trials into analgesics. To this end, she is developing a pipeline to analyse single-trial single-channel EEG data from infants. She is also exploring how certain clinical procedures affect infant breathing. 

Marianne previously completed her training as a medical doctor (BSc and MSc in Medicine) and her MSc in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. During her DPhil she was supported by the Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford, and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.