Faculty 2019

We are proud to present the following well-regarded experts as Faculty! 

(yes, more people will be added here!)

Geraldine Boylan, Ireland

Geraldine Boylan is Director of the INFANT Research Centre and Professor of Neonatal Physiology in the Department of Paediatrics & Child Health, University College Cork, Ireland. Since 1996 she has worked exclusively in the field of neonatal neurophysiology. At the INFANT centre, she leads a multidisciplinary research team that has established an international reputation in the area of neurological monitoring in the neonatal intensive care unit, particularly for seizure detection and early diagnosis of brain injury. Researchers in Geraldine’s group are developing automated algorithms for monitoring brain activity and novel monitoring tools for physiological data acquisition in the neonatal intensive care unit. One such innovation, an automated seizure detection algorithm for newborn babies, was the focus of a large multicentre trial (ANSeR).

Brett Manley, Australia

Brett Manley (MBBS, PhD, FRACP) is a Neonatologist and clinical researcher in Melbourne, Australia. He has led three randomised trials of nasal high-flow for newborn infants, including as post-extubation and primary support in the NICU. His most recent multicentre trial, HUNTER, compared nasal high-flow to CPAP as early respiratory support for newborn infants in Australian non-tertiary special care nurseries. Brett will present and critique the evidence from these and other clinical trials and make recommendations for nasal high-flow use in neonatology.

Liisa Lehtonen, Finland

Professor Liisa Lehtonen, MD, is the Head of the Division of Neonatology at Turku University Hospital in Turku, Finland. Her research interest is to optimize the longterm outcomes of preterm infants. She leads the PIPARI Study group which has followed 232 very preterm infants since year 2001 with the aim to identify risks and protective factors for the brain development of preterm infants. As parents’ active participation in neonatal care seems to be an essential protective factor, professor Lehtonen and her team have developed an intervention to improve the skills of neonatal staff to collaborate with parents. The Close Collaboration with Parents training program changes in neonatal care culture. A multidimensional implementation and evaluation study is ongoing.

Karel Allegaert, Belgium

Karel Allegaert, MD PhD, is pediatrician, neonatologist and clinical pharmacologist. He is associate Professor at KU Leuven (20%) and Consultant at Sophia children’s hospital MC Rotterdam, NICU/PICU (80%). He is past president of the European Society for Developmental Pharmacology and is former Board Member of the European Society for Pediatric Research (section clinical pharmacology). His scientific output is reflected in more than 370 PubMed cited papers and 25 textbook chapters, with specific interests in the fields of perinatal clinical pharmacology and neonatal intensive care, including perinatal pain treatment.

David Edwards, UK

David Edwards is Professor of Paediatrics and Neonatal Medicine, Kings College London, Head of the Department of Perinatal Imaging and Health, and Director of the Kings College Centre for the Developing Brain. In 2007 he was awarded the Arvo Yllpo Quinquennial Gold Medal and Prize for Research in Neonatal Medicine and appointed Senior Investigator in the National Institute of Health Research. David Edwards leads the Developing Human Connectome Project, a €15 million programme funded by the European Research Council to map the development of structural and functional connectivity in the fetal and newborn brain. His published work is extensive, including papers in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet.

Nadja Haiden, Austria

Nadja Haiden, MD, is a pediatrician specialized in Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care medicine. Her current position is head of the NICU of the Karl Landsteiner University, in St. Pölten, Austria. Nadja Haiden received her postdoctoral lecture qualification with the thesis: “Clinical studies on Epotherapy in premature infants: new aspects and strategies in the therapy of anemia of prematurity”. Current research relates to neonatal gastroenterology, nutrition, and hematology. Recent publications in international journals include papers on enteral and parenteral nutrition, as well as breast milk research. Nadja Haiden has earned grants from Austrian FWF, and National bank the Austrian Bürgermeisterfonds of the city of Vienna. Furthermore, Nadja Haiden is a Faculty member of the neonatal department of the Medical University of Vienna, head of the national committee of pediatric nutrition of the Austrian pediatric society, and member of the national nutrition committee of the federal ministry of health.

Sari Ahlqvist-Björkroth, Finland

Sari Ahlqvist-Björkroth, PhD, is a researcher and university teacher within the department of psychology and language pathology at the University of Turku, Finland. She has also completed academic clinical specialization program in psychotherapy and is practicing parent-infant psychotherapy. Her research interests include the influences of the environmental and the psychosocial factors on parent-infant relationship and attachment during pregnancy, perinatal period and in early childhood. Sari’s clinical interest is in the implementation of the interventions that are based on attachment and early parent-infant relationship theories. She is one of the developers of the Close Collaboration with Parents training program.