In this thesis we aim to link the prenatal and postnatal life, with focus on the association between nutrition and growth in early life and the development of the body and the brain of fetuses and preterm infants.
The main objectives are:
1. To investigate the use of three-dimensional ultrasound measures in pregnancy as early markers of birth outcome and neonatal body composition.
2. To develop ultrasound measures that can be used to monitor brain growth in the prenatal and postnatal period.
3. To describe current nutritional practices in preterm infants and to study the influence of enhanced early nutrition on neurodevelopmental outcome of preterm infants.
4. To assess the association between in-hospital growth and body composition in infancy in preterm born infants.

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I.K.M. Reiss (Irwin) , R.P.M. Steegers-Theunissen (RĂ©gine) , K.F.M. Joosten (Koen)
M.J. Vermeulen (Marijn)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Department of Neonatology

Roelants, J. (2017, December 22). Food for thought : growth of the human body and brain in early life. Retrieved from