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BIOGRAPHY

I have developed my career in biomedical research, building on my expertise in machine learning, computing and mathematics, but specialising in intrapartum (in labour) fetal monitoring. I am now leading an ambitious programme to develop data-driven decision-support software in this clinical field. I am uniquely positioned to achieve this by working with the world’s largest and most complete birth cohort of routine labour data (100,000 deliveries).

I obtained a BSc(Hons) in Applied Mathematics from the Technical University of Sofia (Bulgaria) and a PhD in Computer Science from Portsmouth University. I joined the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Oxford for a post-doctoral position in 2007. In 2012, I founded the Oxford Centre for Fetal Monitoring Technologies, of which I am the Scientific Director. In 2016 I was awarded a NIHR Career Development Fellowship to grow my independent research group. In the same year, I also joined the newly formed  Big Data Institute at Oxford. 

PERSONAL AWARDS AND GRANTS

2021-2024 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

2021-2024 EPSRC Healthcare Technologies with Dr Ivan Jordanov 

2017-2021 NIHR Career Development Fellowship

2020-2021 The University Challenge Seed Fund

2020-2021 Medical and Life Sciences Translational Fund

2012-2015 Action Medical Research


GROUP MEMBERS

Pawel Szafranski - CTG data management and OxSys app development

Mihaela Duta - Post-doctoral scientist

Ana Alarcon - Visiting Clinical Research Fellow, Consultant Neonatologist, Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Children's Hospital, Spain

Sophie Bowe - PhD Student, collaboration with Annetine Staff, University of Oslo, Norway


WANT TO JOIN THE TEAM? 

We are currently looking for a Post-doctoral Researcher in Deep Learning methods for fetal monitoring (in partnership with the University of Portsmouth, UK)

See details: Job Advert


Three more posts are coming up very soon (watch this space for the job adverts). Please get in touch if you are interested:

A post-doctoral scientist in fetal monitoring

A research midwife

A computer scientist (IT, Programmer, App developer). 


We are already working with partners across other hospitals in UK and EU to prepare for multicentre clinical tests, please get in touch if you may be interested.


We are happy to hear from people who may be interested in working or studying with us, so please get in touch. 


COLLABORATORS & PARTNERS (UK-BASED)


Lawrence Impey, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

Austin Ugwumadu, St George's Hospital, London

Oliver Rivero-Arias and Charles Roehr, Neonatal and Perinatal Epidemiology Unit

Angeliki Kerasidou, Ethox Centre

Gary Collins and Michael Maia Schlussel, Centre for Statistics in Medicine

Julie Hart, Oxford AHSN 

Research groups

Antoniya Georgieva

BSc (Hons) PhD


Associate Professor & Scientific Director, Oxford Centre for Fetal Monitoring Technologies

  • NIHR Career Development Fellow
  • Wolfson College Research Fellow
  • Group Leader
  • Based jointly at the Big Data Institute and the Nuffield Department of Women's and Reproductive Health

Committed to preventing fetal compromise in labour

UPCOMING EVENTS/TALKS

Talking at a Royal Society of Medicine webinar "The case of fetal monitoring in labour: what is the research evidence" 23rd March, online


RESEARCH

I am leading a research team to develop a data-driven cardiotocography (CTG) system to continuously assess fetal wellbeing at the onset of and during term labour. CTG is the gold standard worldwide to detect if a fetus may benefit from an emergency delivery. Unreliable, empirical CTG interpretation will be replaced with quantified computer- and data-based individualised risk assessment.

We already have a prototype system (OxSys), as the starting point. It is derived from a large birth cohort (100,000 term deliveries) by systematic analysis of computer-based CTG features and clinical risk factors in relation to perinatal outcomes. In tests 'off-line' with the data, the current prototype has shown to perform better than clinicians in clinical practice. We have developed a tablet app that runs OxSys in real time data at the John Radcliffe Hospital, analysing all CTGs as they are being taken (maternity admission unit, delivery suite or wards). We are continuously improving the app's interface in collaboration with the clinicians. The app takes in information from the user about any risk factors if present and modifies the analysis accordingly.

In the coming years, we will continue to use  'big data' to derive new understanding and improved methods for CTG interpretation in the patient-specific clinical context. Beyond this, we will ensure refined optimal performance of OxSys on the birth cohort; validate OxSys on additional data from Oxford & London (approx. 40,000 births). We will then take the first steps towards translation to the bedside. 

Our work will potentially benefit families, clinicians and healthcare systems by reducing brain injuries, perinatal deaths and unnecessary interventions


SPECIAL ISSUE, CALL FOR PAPERS 

Submission is now open for a Research Topic in Frontiers of Pediatrics, the final deadline is 31 Jan 2021 (if you wish to submit beyond this deadline, please email me to discuss):

Fetal-Maternal Monitoring in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Computer-Aided Decision Support: A Multidisciplinary Perspective


RECORDED TALKS BY GEORGIEVA

International Workshop on Signal Processing and Monitoring in Labour 2017 - Computerized data-driven interpretation of the intrapartum CTG: progress at Oxford

International Workshop on Signal Processing and Monitoring in Labour 2019 - Big data for intrapartum fetal monitoring: OxSys developments


TWITTER

@oxfordfetal   https://twitter.com/oxfordfetal


GROUP WEBSITE

Our group's website: Oxford Centre for Fetal Monitoring Technologies is undergoing full renovation, apologies.


INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP

We are an organiser of the international Workshop on Signal Processing and Monitoring (SPaM) in Labour: see webpage.

We are currently deciding  how to proceed with SPaM in Labour 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch this space.

Please email Antoniya if you wish to be added to the mailing list for SPaM in labour news.

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