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Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Center for Neurodevelopment, Growth and Nutrition of the Newborn (LRF NGN Center)

The Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Center for Neurodevelopment, Growth and Nutrition of the Newborn (LRF NGN) has jointly been established by the University of Zurich and the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation in October 2019. It is affiliated with the Department of Neonatology of the University Hospital Zurich. The interdisciplinary research group of physicians, cell-biologists, and psychologists is led by Prof. Dr. med. Giancarlo Natalucci, attending neonatologist and developmental pediatrician.

At the center, we aim to investigate the impact of early infant’s nutrition on neurodevelopment. In particular, we are interested in developmental influences of human milk constituents and interactions with parenting and the home learning environment.

In addition to a clinical research program on the association between early nutrition and functional short- and long-term outcomes, we plan to conduct basic research into the characterization and biochemical behavior of nutrients and bioactive compounds of breastmilk that may protect neuronal cells and stabilize physiological functions.

Our final aim is to establish an interdisciplinary competence center in neurodevelopment, growth and nutrition in neonatology, which will address the development of children and the specific needs of their families.

A large-based group of motivated collaborators, together with local and international collaborative networks, will ensure the implementation and success of our various projects.

The projects of our Center involve many mothers and their children, as well as pregnant women.

Current projects

Upcoming events

Past events

NGN Research Center Exhibition booth at Scientifica with interactive tests for children and adults
NGN Research Center Exhibition booth at Scientifica with interactive tests for children and adults
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Participating and support

If you are interested in participating and supporting us, please contact us, we will be happy to reply you as soon as possible.

Join us

There are currently no vacancies available.
However, we are always looking for new talents who would like to join our team.
If you wish to be considered for any future positions, please send your CV and cover letter to:

Team

Giancarlo Natalucci, Prof. Dr. med.

Center Director, NGN Research Center, Klinik für Neonatologie
Attending neonatologist, Klinik für Neonatologie
Developmental pediatrician, Klinik für Neonatologie

Spezialgebiete: Larsson-Rosenquist Stiftung-Professur für Neuroentwicklung, Wachstum und Ernährung des Neugeborenen
Tel. +41 44 255 53 86

Research Group Leaders

Maria Miletta Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate NGN Research Center, Klinik für Neonatologie

Tilman Reinelt, Dr. rer. nat.

Senior Research Associate NGN Research Center, Klinik für Neonatologie

PhD Students

Stefanie Chie

PhD Student, NGN Research Center, Klinik für Neonatologie

Thi Dao Nguyen

PhD Student, Klinik für Neonatologie

Tel. +41 44 255 44 71

Debora Suppiger

PhD Student, NGN Research Center, Klinik für Neonatologie

Tel. +41 44 255 45 85

Student research assistants

Clarissa Frey

Research Assistant, NGN Research Center, Klinik für Neonatologie

Rebecca Oertel

Research Assistant, NGN Research Center, Klinik für Neonatologie

Study Nurse

Brigitte Maria Koller

Study Nurse, NGN Research Center, Klinik für Neonatologie

Tel. +41 44 255 53 42

Technician

Céline Stutz

Laboratory technician, NGN Research Center, Klinik für Neonatologie

Tel. +41 43 253 31 03

Center Coordination and Management

Piroska Herpai

Administrative Secretary, NGN Research Center, Klinik für Neonatologie

Tel. +41 43 253 09 41