Senior staff

Fiona Alderdice

Senior Social Scientist

Research psychologist working in the area of perinatal psychological well-being and interventions to support women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and the first year of life

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Brian Hicks

Head of IT and InfoSec

Head of IT and Information Security for NPEU. Working closely also with the wider University and other organisations.

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Jennifer Hollowell

Associate Professor

Jennifer Hollowell is an epidemiologist and senior policy researcher with research interests in the safety of intrapartum care in different birth settings and in ethnic/social inequalities in infant mortality.

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Ed Juszczak

Associate Professor - Director, NPEU Clinical Trials Unit

Ed Juszczak has over 20 years of experience working in medical statistics, and since 1998 has specialised in clinical trial design, conduct, analysis and interpretation, publishing in the highest impact journals.

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Marian Knight

Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health

Marian Knight focuses on using national observational studies to address clinical questions concerning rare and severe complications of pregnancy and early life.

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Maria Quigley

Professor of Statistical Epidemiology

Maria Quigley has research interests in child health and development following perinatal 'exposures' such as preterm birth, infertility treatment, breastfeeding and smoking.

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Maggie Redshaw

Senior Research Fellow and Social Scientist

Maggie Redshaw is a developmental and health psychologist specialising in two areas: women's reactions to pregnancy and childbirth and their experience of maternity care and infant behaviour and outcomes.

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Oliver Rivero-Arias

Associate Professor in Health Economics - Senior Health Economist

Oliver has more than 10 years experience in health economics and his research interests concern the methodology and application of economic evaluation.

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Researchers and other project staff

Benjamin Allin

Academic Clinical Fellow in Paediatric Surgery

Ben Allin is a surgical trainee and clinical researcher, with interests in surgical conditions affecting the newborn infant, and the development of evidence-based surgical practice.

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Anna Balchan

Administrative Assistant for UKOSS and BAPS-CASS

I am an Administrative Assistant for UKOSS and BAPS-CASS for the UKOSS office.

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Vasha Bari

Clinical data coordinator/admin assistant

I am one of the data coordinators for the SIFT study. I previously worked in data management within respiratory (University of Oxford) and late phase haematology trials (NHS).

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Thomas Boby

MBRRACE-UK programmer

Thomas is working on developing the web interface and database system of the MBRRACE-UK online reporting system.

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Kathryn Bunch


Kathryn joined NPEU in 2014 and is currently working on a review of modifiable risk factors for stillbirths and also the analysis of some of the UKOSS datasets.

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Helen Campbell

Health Economics Researcher

Helen is as a health economist with experience of trial and model-based health economic evaluation.

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Victoria Coathup

Researcher in Epidemiology and Statistics

I am currently working on the TIGAR project. I will be exploring preterm birth and health outcomes during childhood using HES data.

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Stephanie Edwards

Quality Assurance Associate

Helping to share best practice, identify risks and mitigation strategies, enhance local Standard Operating Procedures, interpret regulatory and audit requirements and provide local advice, training and support.

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Kate Fitzpatrick

Epidemiologist/Health services researcher and NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow

Kate is an epidemiologist/health services researcher

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James Griffiths

ELFIN Trial Co-ordinator

James is the co-ordinator for the ELFIN RCT of enteral lactoferrin prophylaxis for very preterm infants

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Sian Harrison


Sian has a background in Clinical Psychology and is working on a survey of infant and maternal health within the PRU-MHC work programme.

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Jane Henderson


Jane Henderson is a health services researcher working on women's experiences of maternity care. She is also interested in infant feeding and multiple pregnancy and birth.

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Madeleine Hurd

SIFT Trial Data Coordinator/Administrative Assistant

I work with the SIFT Trial Coordinator to maintain data systems integrity and ensure prompt and accurate processing of trial administration and data. My main focus is coordination of the SIFT participant follow-up process.

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Paula Jenkins

ELFIN Trial Research Nurse

I am the new kid/old goat on the block. New to research, looking forward to meeting you all and working in ELFIN team. Any help/advise gratefully received

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Mary Kroll

Researcher in Statistics and Epidemiology

Studying ethnic variation in infant mortality in England and Wales.

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Beth Lawson

UKOSS and BAPS-CASS Programme Manager (Maternity Cover)

Managing the adminstrative tasks and data associated with the UKOSS and BAPS-CASS project

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Yangmei Li

Epidemiologist / Health Services Researcher

Yangmei Li is an epidemiologist and health services researcher with research interests in the safety of intrapartum care in different birth settings and in ethnic/social inequalities in infant mortality.

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Louise Linsell

Senior Medical Statistician and NIHR Research Fellow

Louise has 20 years experience in research and medical statistics and has recently been awarded an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship to undertake a DPhil in Population Health.

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Anna-May Long

Clinical Research Fellow in Paediatric Surgery

Trainee paediatric surgeon undertaking research into the experiences and outcomes children born with gastroschisis and exomphalos.

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Manisha Nair

Senior Epidemiologist/ Health Services Researcher

Manisha Nair is an epidemiologist/ health services researcher for the UKNeS. She is also an investigator for two studies - IndOSS-Assam feasibility study and 'Effect of anaemia on pregnancy outcomes of women in Assam'.

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Melanie O'Connor

Programme Manager UKNeS/UKOSS/BAPS-CASS

Melanie O'Connor is Programme Manager for the UKNeS Programme and also the UKOSS and BAPS-CASS surveillance systems

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Charles Opondo

Researcher in Statistics and Epidemiology

Charles is a pharmacist and medical statistician with an interest in child health

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Nelly Owino

ANODE Trial Data Co-ordinator/Administrator

Nelly is a pharmacist with an interest in Clinical Trials Management.

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Rachel Rowe

University Research Lecturer

Rachel Rowe is a Senior Health Services Researcher in the NPEU with an interest in intrapartum care, the organisation of maternity care and womens experience.

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Emily Savage-McGlynn

Researcher in Statistics and Child Health

Emily is a developmental psychologist with a particular research interest in maternal mental health in the perinatal period and infant and child development.

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Vaneesha Short

Trial Coordinator

Vaneesha is the co-ordinator for the Minidex multicentre RCT exploring the efficacy and safety of very low dose dexamethasone for facilitating extubation of ventilator-dependent preterm babies. Vaneesha is also the co-ordinator for the Poppi single-centre RCT investigating the efficacy of morphine analgesia for procedural pain in infants.

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Mandy Slark

Trials Data Assistant

Mandy Slark is a Trials Data Assistant and works on various trials within the unit, carrying out data entry, and admin tasks.

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Anne Smith

PITCHES Trial Co-ordinator

Anne is now Trial Co-ordinator for PITCHES having previously worked as Deputy Programme Manager for the UKOSS and BAPS-CASS Surveillance Systems

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Peter Smith

MBRRACE-UK senior programmer

Peter Smith is a programmer specialising in data collection systems with an interest in information security

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Rachel Smith

Programme Assistant - MBRRACE-UK

I am working on the MBRRACE-UK project. I am an adult nurse and have recently returned from 7 years in East Timor working in a Nursing Development programme.

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Kayleigh Stanbury

Trial Co-ordinator and Core Trials Support Role

Kayleigh project manages the Poppi Trial, she is also part of the core trials team and helps support the unit in developing new trials and manages other Trial Coordinators within the unit.

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Brenda Strohm

MBRRACE-UK Programme Manager

Brenda Strohm is programme manager for MBRRACE-UK. Brenda was previously project manager for the Child Death Review Database Development Project, after several years working in clinical trials.

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Monika Vargova

data co-ordinator/administrator

working with the Baby-OSCAR and ELFIN Trial coordinators and programmers ensuring that the data systems are maintained to the highest level of integrity and to assist continuous development of efficient administrative and data management systems.

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Richard Welsh

Trials Programmer

Database and web interface programmer currently focussing on the development of internal administration systems for the coordination of current and future trials and studies

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Joy Wiles

Quality Assurance Manager

Helping to share best practice, identify risks and mitigation strategies, enhance local Standard Operating Procedures, interpret regulatory and audit requirements and provide local advice, training and support.

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Thomas van den Akker

visitor, obstetrician, researcher

Clinician and maternal health researcher. Research areas: maternal mortality and morbidity, audit and confidential enquiries, global maternal health including the International Network of Obstetric Surveillance Systems.

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Unit administrative and support staff

Darren Connor

Quality Assurance Manager

Involved in maintaining and updating the Quality Management System in place, required for the smooth running of clinical trials within NPEU.

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Rhian Evans

Baby-OSCAR Trial Data Coordinator/Administrative Assistant

Coordinating the trial data and providing administrative support for the Baby-OSCAR trial.

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Dagmar Hutt

PA to Professor Jenny Kurinczuk and Dr Ed Juszczak

Dagmar provides administrative support to Professor Jenny Kurinczuk and Dr Ed Juszczak

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Hannah Joshua

Administrative Support Assistant

Hannah started working in the Unit in June 2013, previously working as a Customer Relations Officer for Oxford Bus Company where she worked for two years.

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Andy Kirk

Webmaster & Design Co-ordinator

Andy is the webmaster for the unit, and oversees the design output for it and all its various projects.

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Karen Lindsay

Deputy Administrator

Karen Lindsay is the Deputy Administrator for the NPEU, working within a team of seven administrative staff who deliver HR and Financial support to the Unit. Karen manages three of the admin team and has primary responsibility for all aspects of HR within the NPEU.

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Dianne Ward

PA to Prof Marian Knight and Prof Maria Quigley

Started work here in April 2015 and enjoying being part of a happy team at NPEU.

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Pamela White

Personal Assistant

PA for Associate Professor Jennifer Hollowell, Associate Professor Oliver Rivero-Arias, Professor Fiona Alderdice and Dr. Ron Gray

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Visitors and students

Neora Alterman

First year DPhil Student

Neora is interested in the long term implications of Caesarean sections on child health. Her research is supervised by Prof. Maria Quigley and Prof. Jenny Kurinczuk

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Stephen McCall

DPhil Candidate

Stephen is commencing his DPhil, which will examine severe complications in pregnancy through international collaborations.

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Yoshiko Yamamoto

Visiting Academic

Yoshiko is an Obstetrician from Japan. She joined NPEU in 2012 and she is interested in maternal mortality and health system. She graduated London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2016 and studied public health (health economics).

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