PhD, MSc, BSc
Senior Research Scientist
Luke is currently a PhD student studying neonatal pain in Prof Rebeccah Slater’s lab. He is interested in the unique challenges faced during infant MRI, such as differences in brain structure and physiology and large degree of subject motion compared to healthy adults. He has focused on optimising preprocessing and analysis methods tailored to this age group. Luke is also interested in understanding the sources of individual variability in response to noxious stimuli, with a focus on spontaneous brain activity. Specifically, he is interested in looking at how resting-state fMRI activity relates to patterns of noxious-evoked brain activity and pain-related behaviour in newborn infants.
This research could increase our understanding of individual infant's sensitivity to pain and how this might change over time and with experience. An fMRI-derived subject-specific metric of noxious evoked activity may also be an invaluable addition in the repertoire of metrics used in infant pain research.
Luke is currently a member of St Cross College, completed his MSc in Neuroscience in 2014 at University of Oxford and his BSc in Neuroscience in 2013 at University College Cork.
Parental experience of neonatal pain research while participating in the Parental touch trial (Petal).
van der Vaart M. et al, (2024), Pain
Sensory event-related potential morphology predicts age in premature infants.
Zandvoort CS. et al, (2023), Clin Neurophysiol, 157, 61 - 72
Statistical analysis plan for the Petal trial: the effects of parental touch on relieving acute procedural pain in neonates
Baxter L. et al, (2023), Wellcome Open Research, 8, 402 - 402
Sensory event-related potential morphology predicts age in premature infants
Zandvoort CS. et al, (2023)
Brain age as an estimator of neurodevelopmental outcome: A deep learning approach for neonatal cot-side monitoring
Ansari A. et al, (2023)