Pierre Gressens

Pierre Gressens


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Research interests

Our overarching objective is to understand the underlying mechanisms of perinatal brain injury in particular related to mitochondrial involvement and inflammation. We will seek to understand how inflammation during fetal/neonatal life affects brain development and tunes central nervous system vulnerability to further insults later in life. Based on this knowledge, we hope to develop novel neuroprotective and preventive strategies both for infants suffering from encephalopathy and infants at risk for developing brain injury. We hope to improve the efficacy of hypothermic treatment during the secondary phase of injury through add-on therapies.  There is also a potential possibility to develop treatments that are effective beyond the immediate post-insult period that promote repair and compensatory connectivity during the so-called tertiary phase. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Université catholique de Louvain

Award Date: 1 Jan 1995

Doctor of Medicine, Université catholique de Louvain

Award Date: 1 Jan 1989


  • RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
  • perinatal brain damage
  • neuroprotection
  • neuroinflammation
  • translational research


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