I am thrilled to introduce Dr. Samudragupta Bora to the Graham’s Foundation community. Dr. Bora is going to be a regular contributor to the Graham’s Foundation blog. I look forward to all he has to share with our community. Stay tuned for his first post on Monday, August 17!
Dr. Samudragupta Bora is a clinical research scientist with his primary interest and expertise being the neurodevelopmental outcomes of infants born preterm. His research over the past 7 years has focused on understanding the biological and social pathways underlying neurodevelopmental impairments and child psychopathology in this high-risk population along with the early identification of those at greatest risk.
Dr. Bora is an active researcher of the Canterbury Preterm Study, an internationally renowned prospective longitudinal follow-up of a regional cohort of very preterm and full-term infants born during 1998–2000, and studied from birth to age 12 years to understand the developmental consequences of prematurity. This study has provided novel insights into the nature of brain abnormalities associated with preterm birth and the later neurodevelopmental challenges these children face.
“The opportunity to longitudinally follow this cohort of preemies was one of my greatest learning experiences,” Dr. Bora says. He added, “Seeing children in the research clinic and then relating their outcomes in the context of their neurological and clinical history strengthened my passion to understand etiologic mechanisms of neurodevelopmental impairments in these children.” He concluded he wants to find the answer many parents ask: “What’s the long-term developmental prognosis for my preemie?”
Dr. Bora received his doctoral degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, for his thesis titled Behavioural Adjustment Sequelae in Children Born Very Preterm: Measurement Issues and Neonatal Neurological Correlates. He then completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Canterbury, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bora has authored several papers in prestigious international journals and has presented his research findings at over 20 international conferences.
As a research scientist specializing in understanding the neurodevelopmental outcomes of preterm birth, Dr. Bora strongly supports Graham’s Foundation’s mission and is very much looking forward to being actively involved.