Young Survivor Unit (YoSU)

adult hand holding the hand of a prematurely born baby.
Our research aims to better understand the development of children who have been seriously ill early in life.  herjua

The child's early years are critical for later development. Injuries to the child in connection with childbirth, birth long before the expected date or serious illness early in life affect the child's opportunities to develop. Our research aims to better understand the development of these children.

In the past, many of these children did not survive the first period. As healthcare has developed, more and more are surviving. These new and later young survivors are at great risk for brain damage, motor abnormalities and CP, autism, ADHD and learning disabilities.

A research group sits on a bench at Campus US in Linköping.Young Survivor Unit (YoSU). Photo credit John Karlsson Our research aims to better understand the development of children who have been seriously ill early in life. Furthermore, to develop and study interventions that, in the long term, increase the children's functioning in everyday life. We evaluate assessment instruments with the aim of improving diagnostics and enabling the right support interventions for the children and families we meet. We study interventions with a focus on strengthening children's cognitive, motor and social skills.

The aim

The aim of our research is generally to improve knowledge, diagnostics and interventions for children who have been seriously ill during the newborn period. Ultimately, our vision is to move from "wait and see" to early intervention.



Latest publications


Weiyao Yin, Anna Pulakka, Abraham Reichenberg, Alexander Kolevzon, Jonas F. Ludvigsson, Kari Risnes, Marius Lahti-Pulkkinen, Martina Persson, Michael E. Silverman, Ulrika Ådén, Eero Kajantie, Sven Sandin (2024) Association between parental psychiatric disorders and risk of offspring autism spectrum disorder: a Swedish and Finnish population-based cohort study The Lancet Regional Health: Europe, Vol. 40, Article 100902 Continue to DOI
Pontus Challis, Karin Kallen, Lars Bjorklund, Anders Elfvin, Aijaz Farooqi, Stellan Hakansson, David Ley, Mikael Norman, Erik Normann, Fredrik Serenius, Karin Savman, Lena Hellstrom-Westas, Petra Um-Bergstrom, Ulrika Ådén, Thomas Abrahamsson, Magnus Domellof (2024) Factors associated with the increased incidence of necrotising enterocolitis in extremely preterm infants in Sweden between two population-based national cohorts (2004-2007 vs 2014-2016) Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition, Vol. 109, p. 87-93 Continue to DOI


Ulrika Ådén, Katarina Lindström, Elisabeth Fernell (2023) Ni hjälpte oss att överleva som nyfödda - men hur ska vi leva?: Så uttrycker unga vuxna sin önskan om stöd under uppväxten Läkartidningen, Vol. 120
Adrien Aubert, Raquel Costa, Samantha Johnson, Ulrika Ådén, Marina Cuttini, Corine Koopman-Esseboom, Jo Lebeer, Heili Varendi, Michael Zemlin, Veronique Pierrat, Jennifer Zeitlin, SHIPS Res grp (2023) Risk factors for cerebral palsy and movement difficulties in 5-year-old children born extremely preterm Pediatric Research, Vol. 94, p. 771-780 Continue to DOI
Maria Ortqvist, Peter B. Marschik, Moreno Toldo, Dajie Zhang, Viviana Fajardo-Martinez, Karin Nielsen-Saines, Ulrika Ådén, Christa Einspieler (2023) Reliability of the Motor Optimality Score- Revised: A study of infants at elevated likelihood for adverse neurological outcomes Acta Paediatrica, Vol. 112, p. 1259-1265 Continue to DOI

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