The focus of the research programme in neonatology is the development of high-quality evidence with direct application to clinical practice and improvement of newborn health. The research programme is often multi-disciplinary, unrestricted to methodology and with strong user involvement.

Summary of current research activity

  • Neurophysiology
    • Development of software for the automatic analysis of preterm Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Neuro-imaging
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the brain in preterm growth restricted babies
  • Biomarker development
    • Use of metabolomics and transcriptomics for the identification and validation of novel biomarkers of catch-up growth and necrotising enterocolitis
  • Clinical trials
    • Randomised controlled trial of nasal biphasic positive airway pressure vs. nasal continuous positive airway pressure following extubation in infants less than 30-weeks gestation (Extubate).
    • Randomised controlled trial of thyroxine in preterm infants under 28-weeks gestation (TIPIT)
    • Randomised controlled trial comparing impregnated cleansing wipes with water in infants.
    • Randomised controlled trial to assess the impact of olive oil and sunflower oil on a term baby’s skin barrier function (Observe)

Principal Investigator: Dr Suresh Victor