Faculty 2019

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

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. She has worked a senior consultant in Neonatology for 18 years and leads a research team at the Department of Clinical Pharmacology at the Medical university of Vienna. 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 Medical University of Vienna, head of the national committee of pediatric nutrition of the Austrian pediatric society, member of the national nutrition committee of the federal ministry of health and a member of the ESPGHAN (European society of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition).

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.

Gorm Greisen, Denmark

Gorm Greisen is a neonatologist at Righospitalet and professor of paediatrics at Copenhagen University and chair of the Danish Council on Ethics. He has been heading research in neonatal brain perfusion, oxygenation, brain injury, and neurodevelopmental deficits and perinatal growth for 30 years. Primary investigator in the SafeBoosC project that now aims to recruit 1600 extremely preterm infants in 20 countries to examine the benefits and harms of cerebral oximetry in the first 3 days of life. He is the clinical coordinator of the NEOMUNE project aiming at the study of effect of feeding on the gut and brain in pigs and infants. He was steering committee member in four European research and educational projects. President for the European Society of Paediatric research and for the International Pediatric Research Foundation. Chairman of a regional research ethics committee.

Yogen Singh, UK

Yogen Singh is a Consultant in Neonatology and Paediatric Cardiology at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK. He is also an Associate Lecturer at the School of Clinical Medicine University of Cambridge and also holds an Honorary Consultant position at Great Ormond Street Hospital London. With a special interest in hemodynamics, point of care echocardiography and advanced functional echocardiography imaging, he is passionate about training for neonatal and paediatric intensivists so that echocardiography can be widely used while making clinical making decisions in emergency situations. Yogen Singh is regularly invited at major scientific conferences. He has facilitated more than 30 functional echocardiography workshops / courses in the Europe, USA and beyond, and has published widely in this field.

Dinushan Kaluarachchi, US

Dinushan Kaluarachchi is a Neonatologist and an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at University of Wisconsin, USA. He conducts clinical and epidemiological research, specifically with an interest in thyroid dysfunction in preterm infants. Dinushan has several publications on this area of research and currently conduct studies in collaboration with Wisconsin state newborn screening program to evaluate natural history and long term neurodevelopmental effects of subclinical hypothyroidism in preterm infants.

Laila Lorenz, Germany

Laila Lorenz is a paediatrician and clinical researcher in the neonatal department of the University Hospital of Tübingen, Germany. She has worked as a Neonatal Research Fellow at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, funded for two years by a grant from the German Research Foundation. Her research interests include the use of novel iron status parameters to prevent anaemia of prematurity, resuscitation of term and preterm infants in the delivery room as well as treatment and prevention of BPD.

Victoria Payne, UK

Victoria Payne is an Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (ANNP) and a Principal Teaching Fellow, working at both the Princess Anne Hospital Neonatal Unit and the University of Southampton. Her interests are focused around research, education and quality improvement in neonatal care, and she is particularly interested in the translation and implementation of evidence into practice, as well as the reduction of late-onset sepsis in neonates. She is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Southampton, investigating the implementation of complex interventions to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections in neonatal intensive care units.

Sandra Meinich Juhl, Denmark

Sandra Meinich Juhl, MD, PhD, is in training as a pediatrician, currently working at the pediatric department of Herlev Hospital. Her main research topic is necrotizing enterocolitis with a focus on classification, nutrition and microbiota. She has been responsible for the conduction of the Danish part of the clinical pilot study investigating bovine colostrum as the first feed for preterm infants which has led to larger clinical trials that are now ongoing in China and Denmark. Furthermore, she is investigating the microbiota of used nasogastric feeding tubes from neonates to determine their impact on the colonization of preterms. At last, Sandra Juhl is currently hosting a Danish television program for children, called ‘The Teddy Bear Doctor’, which is showed on national television. The program aims to entertain children while dressing them for their own future visits to the doctor.

Eduard Verhagen, Netherlands

Eduard Verhagen, is a pediatrician at the University Medical Center Groningen (Netherlands). Dr Verhagen worked for 5 years in Curaçao (Caribbean) before he came to Groningen to work as the clinical director of the Beatrix Children’s Hospital/UMCG, where he is now a professor of pediatrics and the Department Chair.

He received his MD and JD from the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) and completed his pediatric specialty training in Amsterdam. His PhD thesis (University of Groningen) was on neonatal end-of-life decisions in Dutch NICU’s.  He has written numerous scientific papers about ethical decision-making and end-of-life care and he was one of the authors of the ‘Groningen Protocol’ for newborn euthanasia. He leads several national research and paediatric palliative care initiatives and functions as a member and chair of several national and governmental medical-ethical and legal advice councils.

Ravi Mangal Patel, USA

Ravi Mangal Patel, MD, MSc is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and neonatologist at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is engaged in both clinical research and quality improvement. He received formal quality improvement training at the Emory Healthcare Quality Academy and Cincinnati Children’s I2S2 course. He serves on the leadership committee of the Georgia Perinatal Quality Collaborative and has led multiple improvement projects including efforts focused on improving Vitamin D supplementation, the timeliness of Hepatitis B vaccination, care during the “Golden Hour”, and, more recently, decreasing necrotizing enterocolitis and antibiotic stewardship as part of the Vermont Oxford Network.

Dr. Patel’s clinical research interests include necrotizing enterocolitis, transfusion practices, caffeine therapy, and periviable survival. He is a co-investigator in the NICHD Neonatal Research Network. His research has been published in the NEJM, JAMA, JAMA Pediatrics, and the Journal of Pediatrics. Dr. Patel is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, a board member of the International Society for Evidence-based Neonatology (EBNEO), a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the NEC Society, and an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Perinatology.