Laura R Ment, MD

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

Departments & Organizations

Neurology: Pediatric Neurology

Pediatrics: Pediatric Neurology | Pediatric Specialty Center

Financial Aid

Medical Education Staff

Vascular Biology and Therapeutics Program

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


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

MD Tufts University (1973)
Visiting Fellow Hammersmith Hospital, London, England
Fellow Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Resident Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Intern Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Board Certification AB of Pediatrics, Pediatrics (1979)
Board Certification AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Neurology with Special Qual in Child Neurology (1980)

Honors & Recognition

  • Chair, Clinical Trials SubcommitteeNINDS Council NINDS (2009)

  • Leah Lowenstein AwardYale University School of Medicine (2009)

  • NINDS CouncilNIH (2005, 2009)

  • Francis Gilman Blake AwardYale University School of Medicine (2001)

  • Leah Lowenstein AwardYale University School of Medicine (1998)

  • AMWA AwardYale University School of Medicine (1997)

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Contact Info

Laura R Ment, MD
Patient Care Location
Yale Pediatric NeurologyYale New Haven Children's Hospital
1 Park Street, Ste West Pavilion - 2nd Floor

New Haven, CT 06504
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Mailing Address
Pediatric NeurologyPO Box 208064
New Haven, CT 06520-8064