OMPHI Current Fellows
I graduated as a Medical Doctor from the University of Turin and I am currently specializing in paediatrics and neonatology. My main interests include nutritional management, growth and neurological assessment of term and preterm babies.
In October 2019, I joined the INTERGROWTH-21st Research Team and I am currently working as an OMPHI International Research Fellow for one year. I am mainly involved in patient recruitment for the INTERPRACTICE-21st Study and in the assessment of body composition of both term and preterm babies.
I am a fetal medicine doctor and a clinical and research fellow in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. I divide my time between clinical work at the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Unit, Women's Centre, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and conducting research at the Nuffield Department of Women's and Reproductive Health (Obstetrics & Gynaecology), University of Oxford. My primary clinical and research interests are ultrasonography in prenatal diagnosis, maternal-fetal medicine, automation of ultrasound, and computer vision image analysis.
My main research project is the Perception Ultrasound by Learning Sonographer Experience (PULSE) project, aiming to learn to develop novel imaging analysis (using machine learning and computer vision methods) that will aid operators and improve diagnostic pregnancy imaging, ultimately seeking to automate ultrasound analysis for clinical purposes. My mentors are Prof. Alison Noble of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Prof. Aris Papageorghiou of the Nuffield Department of Women's and Reproductive Health.
I obtained my medical degree at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. After that, I completed training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Shaare Zedek Medical Centre, Jerusalem, Israel.
María Clara Restrepo-Méndez
Received her MSc (2008) and PhD (2012) in Epidemiology from the Department of Social Medicine, Universidade Federal de Pelotas (UFPel) in Brazil. Her doctoral thesis earned her the 'CAPES Thesis Award 2013' for the best doctoral theses in Public Health in Brazil, which provided her with the funding to spend one year as a visiting researcher in London at the Department of Medical Statistics at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. María Clara’s research focuses on understanding the long-term consequences of early adverse exposures on the health and well-being of women and children. Her research has also made contributions to the understanding of social inequities in maternal, newborn, and child health. María Clara has worked at the International Center for Equity in Health at Universidade Federal de Pelotas (Brazil), and at the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at University of Bristol (UK) as Senior Research Associate. She has also worked as research consultant for international organizations such as Unicef, WHO and GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance. She is currently working as an OMPHI Research Fellow at University of Oxford, looking at the mechanisms potentially responsible for preterm birth and small for gestational age and their interactions, using thorough phenotyping of clinical, growth, epidemiological data in the INTERBIO-21st Newborn Case-Control Study.
I am an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Zaragoza, and Consultant in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at the Hospital Clínico Universitario of Zaragoza. I obtained my medical degree at the University of Zaragoza, and completed my residency program in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Hospital Clínico Universitario of Zaragoza. Following this, I was a Research Fellow at the Maternal and Fetal Medicine Department of the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, while undertook subspecialist training in Maternal and Fetal Medicine. During that time, I did my PhD thesis at the University of Barcelona, on the neurodevelopment in late onset IUGR fetuses. I obtained a Masters Degree in Research Methodology in Health Sciences at the Autónoma University of Barcelona. I am also a board member of the Perinatal Medicine Section of the Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics.
My clinical and research interests include intrauterine growth restriction, preeclampsia and prematurity. Currently I am particularly interested in the methodological assessment and clinical implications of fetal Doppler reference ranges.
Brenda Ivette Frias Madrid
General Practitioner graduated from the Medicine College, Instituto Politécnico Nacional in Mexico City, specialized in Pediatrics in General Hospital, subspecialized in Neonatology, and high specialization course and training in Neonatal Intensive Therapy at National Institute of Perinatology.
I am currently in the final phase of a Masters degree in Medical, Odontological and Health Sciences, at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México UNAM, recognized by CONACYT and Masters in Education, delivered by the Inter-American University for Development. My clinical and research interests include neonatal intensive care, normal and abnormal neonatal growth and development, and neonatal infections. My specific areas of research for the Masters degree include nosocomial infections and proteome activation of neutrophils in mothers with preeclampsia, diagnosis of such infections and their effect on the newborns. I have focused my attention on neonatal care and the teaching of Neonatology and Pediatrics, working as a teacher in The Navy Medical School and Westhill University, Mexico. Since 2014, I have been a guest professor in the Single Program of Medical Specializations in Neonatology and assisted in coordinating the Perinatal Clinical Simulation Center at the National Institute of Perinatology. In April 2018, I joined the INTERGROWTH-21st Research Team as an OMPHI International Research Fellow for 1 year. During this year I will be working on the INTERPRACTICE-21st Study, an international study which aims to achieve optimal postnatal growth for preterm infants through the implementation of human milk based feeding protocols and the INTERGROWTH-21st Preterm Postnatal Growth Standards.
Michelle Fernandes graduated in clinical medicine from St. John’s Medical College Hospital, Bangalore, India where she was awarded the Chitra Stephen Solomon Gold Medal for excellence in Public Health.She graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychiatry from the University of Oxford in 2011. Michelle was awarded the Clarendon Fund Scholarship, the Kokil Pathak Scholarship and the Harold Hyam Wingate Scholarship for her doctoral studies in Child Psychiatry and was named a Donald J. Cohen Fellow by the European Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She received the TATA Idea Idol award in March 2012. Michelle’s main research interests are foetal and infant neurodevelopment, perinatal medicine, and child development in situations of adversity. She is currently working as an OMPHI International Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and is responsible for devising a neurodevelopmental assessment protocol for, and co-ordinating the Infant Development Group of, the INTERGROWTH-21st Project and the INTERBIO-21st study. Michelle is also the Junior Dean of Exeter College, Oxford; a founding member of Oxford’s Perinatal Psychopatholoy and Offspring Development Research Group (pPOD); a program associate for the global NGO Microclinics International and a research consultant for the Oxford-Wikipedia Study.