Nigel Panth, M.D., M.P.H., University Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Pediatrics, is a pediatrician and epidemiologist whose research addresses the causes and prevention of childhood neurodevelopmental handicap, specifically to their relationship in pregnancy-related events and the perinatal period.
He has a special interest in the epidemiology of cerebral palsy, the major motor disorder of childhood in terms of frequency and severity, and also on the causes and consequences of perinatal brain injury. His recent work includes perinatal risk factors for autism spectrum disorder, some of which overlap with cerebral palsy. He directs the university’s NIH-funded T32 research training program in perinatal epidemiology.
Paneth is involved in three research projects relevant to this initiative:
- Investigating gene expression patterns in newborn blood spots, and other risk factors, in children with cerebral palsy and matched controls.
- Participating in a new initiative with MSU, University of Michigan, Wayne State University, the Henry Ford Health System, and the Michigan Department of Community Health, which obtains real-time pregnancy exposures and follows infants and children to measure health and developmental outcomes. This initiative is called CHARM (Child Health Alliance for Research In Michigan).
- Working with the Norwegian and Danish national pregnancy/birth cohorts (N = 200,000) to examine risk factors for cerebral palsy.
Paneth is co-director of the Michigan State University Research on Autism, Intellectual and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (RAIND) initiative (with Michael Leahy.)