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Nigel Paneth

Nigel Paneth

University Distinguished Professor, Epidemiology and Pediatrics

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Research Interests:
Dr. Paneth's research interests include perinatal and child health epidemiology and environmental hazards to reproduction. His overarching research goal is to come to a better understanding of the prenatal and perinatal roots of the major disabling neurodevelopmental conditions of childhood, particularly cerebral palsy. In 1984, he established the central NJ neonatal brain hemorrhage study which aims to understand the factors that determine brain damage in preterm infants and their neurodevelopmental sequelae. This study has produced a comprehensive overview of brain damage in premature infants, based on its large series of such infants with both ultrasound imaging and brain pathological examination. The study has also determined which newborn cranial ultrasound images best predict cerebral palsy, has assessed the effect of prenatal alcohol ingestion on brain lesions, has shown that certain newborn ultrasound images also predicts mental retardation and hyperactivity, and has demonstrated that low levels of thyroid hormone in the first days of life are important predictors of lowered IQ and cerebral palsy.

Educational Background:
Columbia College, AB, 1968
Dartmouth Medical School, BMS, 1970
Harvard Medical School, MD, 1972
Columbia University School of Public Health, MPH, 1978

Selected Professional Activities:
Kathleen Lyle Murray Award, Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, 1986;
President, Society for Pediatric Epidemiologic Research, 1991-92; Cicely Williams Lecture, Paediatric Society of Jamaica, 1999; Distinguished Faculty Award, Michigan State University, 2001; Advancing Knowledge Award, Coalition for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, 2002; John Cassel Lecture, University of North Carolina, 2003; John Snow Lecturer, Society for Epidemiologic Research, 2004; Isabelle and Leonard Goldenson Technology and Rehabilitation Award, United Cerebral Palsy Associations, for scientific contributions to cerebral palsy research, 2006.


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