Core Team
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Cheryl Battersby
Clinical Senior Lecturer in Neonatal Medicine and Consultant Neonatologist
I am a Consultant Neonatologist and researcher at Imperial College London. I lead neoWONDER and am supported by an Advanced Fellowship awarded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). I completed my PhD at Imperial College, using data from the National Neonatal Research Database to study the epidemiology of Necrotising Enterocolitis (NEC), a serious bowel condition that affects preterm babies. My research continues to focus on the application of ‘real-world’ data to help identify neonatal interventions that will improve lifelong outcomes.
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Geoff Miller
I’m Geoff and a former neonatal patient, I was born prematurely at 26 weeks in the late 70’s. My birth history was complex and was the recipient of several pioneering treatments, meaning I spent the first 6 months of my life in NICU. This has inspired me to have a continuing interest in neonatal research, particularly the long term impact of premature birth. I currently run a peer support group for adults born premature. I wanted to get involved in this research because I could relate to it and have lived experience of many of the issues children born prematurely face.
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Julia Kotsoni
I am Julia and I am the mother of George, who was born premature at 27 weeks in March 2019 at home. As a mother of an ex-premature baby and after having spent over 3 months in a neonatal unit, I always have questions in mind about the development, education, mental health of my son and every other premature child. This is one of the reasons I decided to get involved in neoWONDER to get answers to all these questions for myself, other parents, and the medical society.
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Tahira Bilal
Hi I am Tahira. My son was born at 24 weeks 5 years ago. Being both a mother of a child born extremely premature and a paediatric doctor, I can relate to the struggles parents may face. He received very good care on the neonatal unit but since discharge from hospital, we have found it difficult to access the support and services he needs. I want to participate in neoWONDER to raise awareness of these challenges and also make my contribution to improve long-term outcomes of extreme premature babies.
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Taralise Hall
I am a proud mother of three wonderful boys. My eldest two, now almost 11 year old twins, were born at 27 weeks gestation, spending almost 3 months in a neonatal intensive care unit before coming home. Significant amount of time spent in and out of hospitals for ongoing concerns, monitoring and intervention greatly influenced my choice of career path working in the early years foundation stage. I fully support the neoWonder’s aim to ascertain the long-term outcomes of preterm birth and inform neonatal interventions. I feel privileged to be involved and welcome the opportunity to contribute to its future success.