Newborn Brain Society

Small Brains, Big Dreams Podcast

Created by the Newborn Brain Society, in partnership with the Canadian Premature Babies Foundation, and hosted by preemie parent & journalist, Jenna Morton. 

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Season 1 & 2 - Available Now

Discussions on mentorship, collaboration, and more in the field of paediatric neurology.

Created by the Newborn Brain Society, in partnership with the Canadian Premature Babies Foundation.

Host and Producer: Jenna Morton

Season 1

In our first episode of this series, Dr. Steven Miller speaks to the difference between supervision and mentorship, the power of interdisciplinary research, and the importance of authentic engagement of families within the research process.


Dr. Donna Ferriero has been described as a pioneer in neonatal neurology and neonatal neuroscience. Our first series guest, Dr. Steven Miller, says working with her was inspirational and greatly impacted his approach to medicine and to mentorship. Hear from Dr. Ferriero herself in Episode 2 of Small Brains, Big Dreams.

A little bit of luck and a lot of work. Both are needed to create a mentorship that works for both parties. Dr. Terrie Inder shares her tried and tested methods for building a mentor-mentee relationship, and her ‘three P’ approach to a rewarding career.
Professor Emeritus Dr. Linda de Vries has watched the field of pediatric neurology grow from the early use of ultrasounds to cutting edge hypothermic procedures. She predicts an increasing use of AI matched with a holistic view of medicine, guided by the mentorship of many in the field.

Season 2

Dr. Lina Chalak has many accomplishments and accolades in her biography, but she’s quick to point out the award from UT Southwestern celebrating her work as a mentor holds a special place of honor for her. Listen as she shares her ‘why’ and encourages you to do the same.

There’s a clear theme in the life and work of Dr. Khorshid Mohammad: no challenge is too large to face. Known for his innovation as both a scientist and as an educator, Dr. Mohammad is quick to share how others impacted his approach to life and learning and what he hopes others will take from those experiences. 

The daughter of two physicians, Dr. Gerda Meijler knew from a young age she would also pursue a career in medicine. She began her studies in pediatrics, then shifted to focus on neonatology after experiencing the premature birth of her twins. Decades of students have learned the art of cranial ultrasound under the guidance of Dr. Meijler, who is also a prolific author who values cross-discipline learning.

Drawing on eight decades of learning. Dr. Mark Scher shares his thoughts on the importance of staying curious, acknowledging and understanding disparity, and the power of an interdisciplinary approach.