Presentation of research activities

The « Neurodevelopment » Unit holds expertise in neonatal and pediatric brain development. Its research projects focus on both short-term and long-term links between early-life events and the perinatal environment on later neurodevelopment, cognition, and scholastic achievement. Populations of neonates at risk of brain injury, in particular preterm infants and term-born neonates with perinatal asphyxia, are studied longitudinally until school age to identify risk and protective factors toward neurodevelopment, such as exposure to pain and stress in the NICU, nutritional strategies and developmental care. To assess brain injury consequences and maturation, neonates and children undergo multimodal evaluation, including brain MRI, hd-EEG, neurological and neuropsychological assessment.

Juliane Schneider

Dr Juliane Schneider received her degree in medicine in 2003 and trained in the field of paediatrics. She later pursued further in-depth training in Neonatology, with a Foederatio Medicorum Helveticorum (FMH) title in 2012, later followed by Developmental Paediatrics (FMH title in 2020). Given her interest in Neonatal Neurology, she further pursued her education through a 2-year clinical research training fellowship in this field at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children (Canada). Since her return in 2017, she has worked as a physician associate at the CHUV’s Neonatology department, sharing her time between the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Development Unit where follow-up care for high-risk children is provided.

Département femme-mère-enfant
Rue du Bugnon 21
1011 Lausanne


Publications clés

The role of face masks in the recognition of emotions by preschool children.

Schneider J, Sandoz V, Equey L, Williams-Smith J, Horsch A, Bickle Graz M.
JAMA Pediatr. 2021 Nov 15. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.4556.

Nutrient Intake in the First Two Weeks of life and Brain Growth in Preterm Neonates.

Schneider J, Fischer Fumeaux CJ, Duerden EG, Guo T, Foong J, Hagmann P, Chakravarty MM, Hüppi PS, Beauport L, Truttmann AC, Miller SP.
Pediatrics. 2018;141(3):e20172169

Procedural pain and oral glucose in preterm neonates: brain development and sex specific effects.

Schneider J, Duerden EG, Guo T, Hagmann P, Bicke Graz M, Grunau RE, Chakravarthy MM, Huppi PS, Truttmann AC, Miller SP.
Pain. 2018 Mar;159(3):515-525.

Impact of Early Nutritional Intake on Preterm Brain: A Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study.

Beauport L*, Schneider J*, Faouzi M, Hagmann P, Huppi PS, Tolsa JF, Truttmann AC, Fischer Fumeaux CJ.
J Pediatr. 2017 Feb; 181:29-36. *shared first authorship

Evolution of T1 Relaxation, ADC, and Fractional Anisotropy during Early Brain Maturation: A Serial Imaging Study on Preterm Infants.

Schneider J, Kober T, Bickle Graz M, Meuli R, Huppi PS, Hagmann P, Truttmann AC.
Am J Neuroradiol. 2016 Jan;37(1):155-62.


Marion Décaillet

PhD Student

Cléo Huguenin-Virchaux

Clinical Psychologist

Laureline Besuchet

Clinical Psychologist

Giulia Bassani

MD thesis