Our laboratory is interested in how the early environment can influence trajectories of brain development, and the mechanisms that can protect the fetus from adverse early exposures.
The goals of our research program are to understand the fundamental mechanisms by which the early environment impacts brain development and brain protection, develop diagnostics to identify ‘at risk’ infants and create interventions that enhance brain protection and prevent the negative life-long consequences of early adversity. Application of this knowledge will improve health and reduce the economic, societal and personal burdens of early adversity. Indeed, Professor Matthews is now co-leading a landmark study (HeLTI) in India to investigate the impact of preconception, pregnancy, and child interventions on improving child health outcomes.
Professor Matthews is accepting applications from post-doctoral fellows.