Background and activities

Children's brain development is influenced by their environment. Caring relationships, safety, and learning opportunities all contribute in positive ways. By contrast, healthy brain development can be hindered by toxic chemicals in our environment — such as air pollution, heavy metals, pesticides, e-waste, and their "cocktail effects." Children's fast-growing nervous systems and neuroplasticity also mean children are particularly sensitive to the effects of toxins. Children's levels of exposure to environmental toxins varies widely, often based on where they live and their socioeconomic status. My work aims to bridge neurodevelopment and environmental toxins in light of social inequalities globally, in collaboration with UNICEF and international partners.

More generally, I seek a greater understanding of how early experiences influence long-term health and wellbeing — especially in children who face biological, social, and environmental risks in early life. I am interested in science writing, education, and policy towards the goal of supporting these children and their families. 

NTNU's Center for Global Health Inequalities Research (CHAIN) examines social determinants of health, especially for children, in partnership with international organizations. I previously worked at NTNU's Center for Early Brain Development, using neuroimaging to study the long-term effects of preterm birth on brain structure, thinking, and behavior. From 2015-2017 I served as vice president of DION, NTNU's organization for PhDs and post-docs.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications



  • Sripada, Kam. (2017) Preterm birth in India and Norway: What neuroscience tells us about long-term outcomes. NTNU Global Health Seminar ; 2017-09-14 - 2017-09-14.