Olaf Dammann, MD



Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine


Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617.636.3963
Fax: 617.636.6635
Email: Olaf.Dammann@tufts.edu


Degrees: MD/DrMed (Pediatrics), SM (Clinical Epidemiology)
Institutions: Hamburg University, Harvard University

Research Focus:

  • Developmental Disability Epidemiology
  • Perinatal Epidemiology
  • Theory of Risk and Causation

Select Publications:

  1. Dammann O, Walther H, Allers A, Schröder M, Drescher J, Lutz D, Veelken N, Schulte FJ. Development of a regional cohort of very-low-birthweight children at six years: cognitive abilities are associated with neurologic disability and social background. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 1996;38:97-108.
  2. Dammann O, Leviton A. Duration of transient hyperechoic images of white matter in very-low-birthweight infants: a proposed classification. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 1997;39:2-5.
  3. Dammann O, Leviton A. Maternal intrauterine infection, cytokines, and brain damage in the preterm newborn. Pediatric Research 1997;42:1-8.
  4. Dammann O, Allred EN, Veelken N. Increased risk of spastic diplegia among very low birthweight children after preterm labor or prelabor rupture of membranes. Journal of Pediatrics 1998;132:531-5.
  5. Dammann O, Durum SK, Leviton A. Modification of infection-associated risks of preterm birth and white matter damage in the preterm newborn by polymorphisms in the tumor necrosis factor-locus? Pathogenesis 1999;1:171-7. Leviton A, Paneth N, Reuss ML, Susser M, Allred EN, Dammann O, Kuban K, Van Marter LJ, Pagano M, for The Developmental Epidemiology Network Investigators. Maternal infection, fetal inflammatory response, and brain damage in very low birthweight infants. Pediatric Research 1999;46:566-75.
  6. Dammann O, Leviton A. Brain damage in preterm newborns: might enhancement of developmentally-regulated endogenous protection open a door for prevention? Pediatrics 1999; 104:541-550.
  7. Dammann O, Leviton A. Brain damage in preterm newborns: biologic response modification as a strategy to reduce disabilities. Journal of Pediatrics 2000;136:433-8.
  8. Dammann O, Phillips TM, Allred EN, O'Shea TM, Paneth N, Van Marter LJ, Bose C, Ehrenkranz RA, Bednarek FJ, Naples M, and Leviton A for The Elgan Study Investigators. Mediators of fetal inflammation in extremely low gestational age newborns. Cytokine 2001;13:234-9.
  9. Dammann O, Durum S, Leviton A. Do white cells matter in white matter damage? Trends in Neurosciences 2001; 24:320-4.
  10. Dammann OU, Kuban KCK, Leviton A. Perinatal infection, fetal inflammatory response, white matter damage, and cognitive limitations in children born preterm. Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews 2002;8:46-50
  11. Leviton A, Dammann O, O'Shea TM, Paneth N. Adult stroke and perinatal brain damage: like grandparent, like grandchild? Neuropediatrics. 2002;33:281-7.
  12. Dammann O, Drescher J, Veelken N. Maternal fever at birth and non-verbal intelligence at age nine years in preterm infants. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 2003;45:148-51
  13. Jung H, Neumaier  Probst E, Hauffa BP, Partsch C-J, Dammann O. Association of morphological characteristics with precocious puberty and/or gelastic seizures in hypothalamic hamartoma. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism  2003;88:4590-5.
  14. Losch H, Dammann O. Impact of motor skills on cognitive test results in very-low-birthweight children. Journal of Child Neurology 2004;19:318-22.
  15. Dammann O. Evidence-based child neurology. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 2006;48:622-4. Dördelmann M, Kerk J, Dressler F, Brinkhaus MJ, Bartels DB, Dammann CEL, Dörk T,
  16. Dammann O. Interleukin-10 high producer allele and ultrasound-defined periventricular white matter abnormalities in preterm infants: a preliminary study. Neuropediatrics 2006;37:130-6
  17. Dammann O, Leviton A. Perinatal brain damage causation. Developmental Neuroscience 2007;29:280-8.
  18. McElrath TF, Hecht JL, Dammann O, Boggess K, Onderdonk A, Markenson G, Harper M, Delpapa E, Allred EN, Leviton A.; for the ELGAN Study. Pregnancy Disorders That Lead to Delivery Before the 28th Week of Gestation: An Epidemiologic Approach to Classification. American Journal of Epidemiology H 2008;168:980-9.
  19. Dammann O, Brinkhaus MJ, Bartels DB, Dördelmann M, Dressler F, Kerk J, Dörk T, Dammann CEL. Immaturity, Perinatal Inflammation and Retinopathy of Prematurity: A Multi-Hit Hypothesis. Early Human Development 2009;85(5):325-9.
  20. Madan JC, Davis JM, Collins M, Allan W, Quinn R, Dammann O. Maternal obesity and markers of inflammation in pregnancy. Cytokine 2009 Jul;47(1):61-4.
  21. Follett PL, Roth C, Follett D, Dammann O. White matter damage impairs adaptive recovery more than cortical damage in an in silico model of activity-dependent plasticity. Journal of Child Neurology 2009 Sep;24(9):1205-11.
  22. Chen ML, McNiff C, Madan J, Goodman E, Davis, JM, Dammann O. Maternal Obesity and Neonatal Apgar Scores. Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine 2010 Jan;23(1):89-95.
  23. Madan JC, Chen M, Goodman E, Davis J, Allan W, Dammann O. Maternal obesity, gestational hypertension and preterm delivery. Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine 2010 Jan;23(1):82-8.
  24. Keller M, Felderhoff-Mueser, Lagercrantz, Dammann O, Marlow N, Hüppi P, Buonocore G, Poets C, Simbruner G, Guimaraes H, Mader S, Merialdi M, Saugstad OD. Policy benchmarking report on neonatal health and social policies in 13 European countries. Acta Paediatr. 2010 May 25.
  25. Dammann O, Follett P. Toward multi-scale computational modeling in developmental disability research. Neuropediatrics. 2011 Jun;42(3):90-6
  26. Chen ML, Allred EN, Hecht JL, Onderdonk A, Vanderveen D, Wallace DK, Leviton A,Dammann O; for the ELGAN Study. Placenta Microbiology and Histology, And The Risk for Severe Retinopathy of Prematurity. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Sep 1;52(10):7052-8.
  27. Favrais G, van de Looij Y, Fleiss B, Ramanantsoa N, Bonnin P, Stoltenburg-Didinger G, Lacaud A, Saliba E, Dammann O, Gallego J, Sizonenko S, Hagberg H, Lelièvre V, Gressens P. Systemic inflammation disrupts the developmental program of white matter. Ann Neurol. 2011 Ann Neurol. 2011 Oct;70(4):550-65.
  28. O'Shea TM, Allred EN, Kuban KC, Dammann O, Paneth N, Fichorova R, Hirtz D, Leviton A; Extremely Low Gestational Age Newborn (ELGAN) Study Investigators. Elevated Concentrations of Inflammation-Related Proteins in Postnatal Blood Predict Severe Developmental Delay at 2 Years of Age in Extremely Preterm Infants. J Pediatr. 2011 Oct 12.