OMPHI Current Fellows
Maria Rodriguez Sibaja
I obtained a degree in Medicine at the Autonomous University of Queretaro, Mexico. Following graduation, I completed my specialisation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and undertook subspecialist training in the Department of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, National Institute of Perinatology, Mexico where I am now a consultant. My clinical and research interests include normal and abnormal fetal growth, fetal diagnosis and treatment, pre-eclampsia and preterm birth. In April 2018, I joined the INTERGROWTH-21st Research Team, working as an OMPHI International Research Fellow for 1 year. During this year I will be working on the relationship between the growth cerebellum assessed by ultrasound during pregnancy and motor development of infants at 1 and 2 years of age.
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.