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Laura Ment, MD

Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology); Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid; Director, START Program

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Laura Ment, MD

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Laura R. Ment, M.D., is Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology and Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, Yale University School of Medicine. A graduate of Brown University and Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Ment received her training in both pediatrics and pediatric neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

Her clinical interests include neonatal brain injury in both preterm and term infants, including intraventricular hemorrhage, periventricular white matter injury, neonatal seizures, stroke and neurogenetic developmental disorders. Dr. Ment also evaluates and cares for patients with developmental delay, epilepsy and neurogenetic disorders.

A former member of the NANDS Council of the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke at NIH and Chair of its Clinical Trial Subcommittee, Dr. Ment’s research interests include adaptive mechanisms of developing brain. She was the principal investigator of two multicenter clinical studies exploring prevention of injury in preterm neonates, the long-term neurodevelopmental and neuroimaging sequelae of preterm birth and the genetic mechanisms responsible for these changes. Her magnetic resonance studies investigate neural connectivity in the preterm brain and typically developing fetus across the third trimester of gestation, and her most recent work employs state of the art MR imaging and emerging molecular technologies to identify sensitive, reliable and actionable biomarkers of growth and maturation of the developing brain.

Education & Training

  • Visiting Fellow
    Hammersmith Hospital, London, England (1979)
  • Fellow
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (1979)
  • Resident
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (1976)
  • Intern
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (1974)
  • MD
    Tufts University (1973)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Norman Siegal AwardYale School of Medicine2023
Chair, Neonatal Neurocritical Care Fellowship Task ForceUCNS2021
Vice PresidentNewborn Brain Society2020
Chair, Clinical Trials SubcommitteeNINDS Council NINDS2009
Leah Lowenstein AwardYale University School of Medicine2009
NINDS CouncilNIH2005, 2009
Francis Gilman Blake AwardYale University School of Medicine2001
Leah Lowenstein AwardYale University School of Medicine1998
AMWA AwardYale University School of Medicine1997

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