The Mabbott Lab has been instrumental in documenting the thinking and learning problems that children and adolescents treated for brain tumours experience, and the underlying damage to brain structure and function that cause these problems.

We are now conducting exciting new research to find ways to foster brain repair and cognitive recovery following acquired brain injury in children, including harnessing neuroplasticity from physical exercise and employing drugs that stimulate the growth of new brain cells.

What is the impact of paediatric neurological disease and injury on the growing brain and cognitive development?

Why is the maturation of white matter important for cognitive development in children?

What does brain plasticity look like in children and adolescents, and can we harness this plasticity for repair and recovery?