First digital atlas of human fetal brain development published

October 28, 2023

Demonstrating remarkably similar patterns of fetal brain growth and development across diverse populations represents an important scientific advance in the field of neuroscience. Uniquely, our atlas captured patterns of brain growth from as early as 14 weeks’ gestation - filling a 6-week knowledge gap in our understanding of early fetal brain maturation. Using the atlas in combination with the soon to be published international standards describing the complementary growth of the fetal brain will be a valuable clinical tool in specialised, referral centres when brain development appears abnormal on ultrasound.' The fetal brain atlas can be found freely available online. The full paper, ‘Normative spatiotemporal fetal brain maturation with satisfactory development at 2 years’ is published in Nature.

The source of this news is from University of Oxford