studied medicine in Lübeck and Hamburg. He was a clinical associate in the Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf, from 1991-95. His major interest was in neuropediatrics and neonatology. From 1990 until 1995 he was a collaborator in the Hamburg Very-Low-Birthweight Study, supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. In 1995, he began a research fellowship in neuroepidemiology at Children's Hospital, Boston, USA, and obtained a master's degree in epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health in 1997. He continues his work at the Neuroepidemiology Unit as an assistant professor in neurology at Harvard Medical School, while serving at MHH as the Wilhelm-Hirte associate professor in perinatal infectious disease epidemiology.
Together with his team, he tries to identify risk factors for brain damage in newborns. He is particularly interested in the role for a fetal inflammatory response in the setting of an undiagnosed infection of the mother during pregnancy. His longterm goal is to make a contribution towards the prevention of disability.
Prof. Dr. med. Olaf Dammann
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V.i.S.d.P: Olaf Dammann, updated: 09.05.2007