Theme Child Development
Healthy child development is essential for later health and wellbeing. AR&D follows children through their development after they have spent part of their early life in the hospital. For instance because they were born prematurely. We monitor their behavior, growth and development to better understand the long-term consequences of our treatments and to inform our patients more accurately.
AR&D develops online tools that help patients and their parents keep track of various aspects of child development. This covers the full range of psychosocial, mental as well as physical and behavioral aspects of life. We follow up children whose mothers participated in intervention trials. This provides insight into the underlying mechanisms of diseases before they become clinically overt. With the advancement of sequencing technologies, we strive to optimize the genetic diagnosis in children with developmental disorders. We monitor development and follow individuals as they become the parents of the next generation and the circle of life begins again.