Centre for Brain Research

Fetal Physiology and Neuroscience Group

Working together to improve lives

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Principal Investigators - Professor Alistair Gunn and Professor Laura Bennet

We are a multidisciplinary systems physiology team, working on key physiological and pathophysiological questions in the fetus and newborn and on translational research. Our current interests are focused on the cerebrovascular and cardiovascular adaptation to asphyxia in utero and the mechanisms and treatment of post-asphyxial encephalopathy.

Our research has translated into clinical best-practice, as our team members are credited with saving the lives of thousands of babies with brain injuries worldwide.

Find out more about this team's progress on their Fetal Physiology research page here.



Team members










Dr Joanne Davidson - Senior Research Fellow

Dr Guido Wassink - Research Fellow

Dr Chris Lear - Research Fellow

Simerdeep Dhillon - PhD candidate

Kelly Zhou - PhD candidate


  • Understand the mechanisms of perinatal damage
  • Develop biomarkers and neurotherapeutics
  • Study normal fetal development and understand what happens when things go wrong

Areas of interest

  • Brain development
  • Brain damage
  • Neuroprotectants
  • Hypothermia
  • Preterm birth
  • Infection
  • Connexin hemichannels
  • Erythropoietin (EPO)



For a full list of publications, visit this team's Fetal Physiology research team page here