Julia Hartkopf

Institute for diabetes research and metabolic diseases (IDM),
of the Helmholtz Center Munich at the University of Tuebingen,
fMEG Center
Otfried Mueller Str. 47

+49 7071 29-87689

Current Position:

PhD candidate

Research Interests:

Mental and physical wellbeing is an essential precondition for a healthy child development. To avoid and treat malfunctions during development from beginning, it is necessary to get insight from a very early stage of age. That’s why my research interest is the investigation of influences during fetal life on further child development. With fetal MEG we are able to record event related brain responses in fetuses and neonates. Beside the investigation of fetal and neonatal learning by using the data of fetal MEG, I am interested in metabolic effects on infants’ brain function and development. We evaluate the influence of gestational diabetes and intrauterine growth restriction on brain function and later child development. Follow up investigations of our fetal participants during childhood enable us to evaluate their cognitive and motoric development as well as important physiological parameters to detect long-lasting changes caused by fetal programming.

Selected Publications:

Neuromagnetic signatures of syllable processing in fetuses and infants provide no evidence for habituation.
Hartkopf J, Schleger F, Weiss M, Hertrich I, Kiefer-Schmidt I, Preissl H, Muenssinger J.
Early Hum Dev. 2016 Sep;100:61-6. doi: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2016.04.002. Epub 2016 Jul 13.

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