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Researcher | Research Overview

Dr. Vasung’s research interests lie at the intersection of developmental and clinical neuroscience. Her long-term goal is to develop non-invasive biomarkers of structural and functional brain development in fetuses and prematurely born infants and identify early prognostic biomarkers of long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes. Her short-term interests lie in deepening knowledge of how environmental stimuli (olfactory, tactile, auditory) or birth defects (structural changes in one or more parts of the body) affect brain development. She has extensive knowledge of normal and abnormal human brain development and uses a multimodal approach in her research.

Researcher | Research Background

Lana Vasung is a physician-scientist. She obtained her MD (2007), as well as her Ph.D. in Neuroscience (2013), from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. After her Ph.D. graduation, she worked as a Clinical Research Candidate for 'Special Programme University Medicine' and young clinicians (‘SPUM program’) at the Department of Pediatrics and Neuroradiology, University of Geneva, Switzerland (2013-2016). In 2016, after obtaining her Swiss Medical License, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) awarded her an Advanced Postdoc Mobility Fellowship (among the top 10 in the national research ranking) to conduct post-doctoral research at Boston Children’s Hospital.

In 2018 the Ralph Schlaeger Charitable Foundation awarded her fellowship to conduct the research in pediatric neuroradiology.

Dr. Vasung established numerous collaborations with highly prestigious clinical and research groups, serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for more than 20 peer-review journals, and is a regular member of more than 10 professional societies. She has authored or co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications covering translational and clinical research in the field of neuroscience, embryology, histology, anatomy, pediatrics, neuroimaging, and neuroradiology. As a physician (ECFMG certified) and a scientist, she has a deep interest in bridging gaps between various disciplines (neuroscience, physiology, histology, anatomy, imaging, clinical medicine) to improve clinical care among most vulnerable pediatric populations.

Researcher | Publications