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Samudragupta Bora, Ph.D.

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Dr. Samudragupta (Sam) Bora is a Mater Foundation Senior Research Fellow and Group Leader of Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up and Outcomes at Mater Research Institute, The University of Queensland, Australia. He was a faculty member at Harvard Summer School 2018 and taught a new specialized course in child development.

Sam’s research currently focuses on answering a range of key questions concerning high-risk infants, particularly those born prematurely, to improve the quality of life of children and their families. His team of 13 researchers is developing a better understanding of the long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes of high-risk infants along with discovering the independent and interrelated roles of neurological and social processes impacting these outcomes. Along with his clinical research, Sam is highly committed to mentoring the next generation of scientists and clinician-scientists in neonatal and developmental medicine and pediatric neuropsychology.

Sam earned his doctoral degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and has held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Canterbury, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. He has received several prestigious competitive international awards including the New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship in 2008, Visiting Erskine Fellowship in 2016, and most recently the Mater Foundation Research Fellowship (2016–2021).

Sam is currently an Executive Member of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Subcommittee for improving the long-term outcomes of high-risk infants. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Barakat Bundle, a nonprofit social enterprise incubated at Harvard Business School, working to reduce preventable infant and maternal mortality and improve child development outcomes in South Asia.

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  1. Wheelock MD, Austin NC, Bora S, Eggebrecht AT, Melzer TR, Woodward LJ, Smyser CD. Altered functional network connectivity relates to motor development in children born very preterm. Neuroimage. 2018 Dec; 183:574-583. PMID: 30144569.
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  2. Ritchie K, Bora S, Woodward LJ. Peer Relationship Outcomes of School-Age Children Born Very Preterm. J Pediatr. 2018 Oct; 201:238-244. PMID: 29958672.
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  3. Lean RE, Melzer TR, Bora S, Watts R, Woodward LJ. Attention and Regional Gray Matter Development in Very Preterm Children at Age 12 Years. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2017 08; 23(7):539-550. PMID: 28566104.
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  4. Madore LS, Bora S, Erdei C, Jumani T, Dengos AR, Sen S. Effects of Donor Breastmilk Feeding on Growth and Early Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Preterm Infants: An Observational Study. Clin Ther. 2017 Jun; 39(6):1210-1220. PMID: 28576299.
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  5. Harrington, JW, Bora, S. Integrative Medicine. Autism spectrum disorder. 2017; 64-73.
  6. Rand KM, Austin NC, Inder TE, Bora S, Woodward LJ. Neonatal Infection and Later Neurodevelopmental Risk in the Very Preterm Infant. J Pediatr. 2016 Mar; 170:97-104. PMID: 26707582.
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  7. Ritchie K, Bora S, Woodward LJ. Social development of children born very preterm: a systematic review. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2015 Oct; 57(10):899-918. PMID: 25914112.
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  8. Pritchard VE, Bora S, Austin NC, Levin KJ, Woodward LJ. Identifying very preterm children at educational risk using a school readiness framework. Pediatrics. 2014 Sep; 134(3):e825-32. PMID: 25113296.
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  9. Woodward LJ, Bora S, Clark CA, Montgomery-Hönger A, Pritchard VE, Spencer C, Austin NC. Very preterm birth: maternal experiences of the neonatal intensive care environment. J Perinatol. 2014 Jul; 34(7):555-61. PMID: 24651730; PMCID: PMC4154363.
  10. Bora S, Pritchard VE, Chen Z, Inder TE, Woodward LJ. Neonatal cerebral morphometry and later risk of persistent inattention/hyperactivity in children born very preterm. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2014 Jul; 55(7):828-38. PMID: 24438003; PMCID: PMC4065623.
  11. Woodward LJ, Clark CA, Bora S, Inder TE. Neonatal white matter abnormalities an important predictor of neurocognitive outcome for very preterm children. PLoS One. 2012; 7(12):e51879. PMID: 23284800; PMCID: PMC3532310.
  12. Bora S, Pritchard VE, Moor S, Austin NC, Woodward LJ. Emotional and behavioural adjustment of children born very preterm at early school age. J Paediatr Child Health. 2011 Dec; 47(12):863-9. PMID: 21679332.
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  13. Chandrasekharan S, Bora S, Athreya D, Srinivasan N. In: McNamara DS, Trafton JG, eds. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Cognitive Science Society. Thinking more lowers hand waving: dual task damps hand movements during mental rotation. 2007; 857–62.
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Funded by the NIH/NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program, grant number UL1TR001102, and through institutional support from Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.