Professor Topun Austin is a Consultant Neonatologist at Cambridge, and Honorary Professor of Neurophotonics at University College London. He is the Director of the Evelyn Perinatal Imaging Centre (EPIC), based at the Rosie Hospital, Cambridge. The centre has an infant functional brain imaging unit and houses a dedicated MRI scanner for mothers and babies. His main research interests are in brain development and injury in the newborn, using novel monitoring and imaging technologies and their translation into routine clinical care.
Topun first met Joanna Hawthorne when he came to Cambridge in 2008. They both had a passionate interest in newborn infant behaviour, and the importance of the family unit in promoting health and wellbeing in the newborn. He has subsequently promoted the use of the NBAS as a tool for understanding newborn behaviour. The BRAIN study, led by Dr. Chuen Wai Lee, set out to relate brain activity with behaviour in newborn infants; in collaboration with UCL and Birkbeck, London, the BRain Imaging for Global HealTh (BRIGHT) study, is investigating brain function and development in children in high and low income settings
Topun is the co-director of neoLAB, which is a collaborative group between EPIC and Biomedical Optics Laboratory at UCL. The group has been involved in developing am integrated optical-EEG system to study neurovascular coupling as well as a unique fast optical tomography system for 3D imaging of regional blood flow and oxygenation is sick newborn infants with acquired brain injury.
Further information can be found at www.neolabresearch.com
Lesley Page, CBE
Lesley Page, CBE
PhD, MSc, BA (open), HFRCM, Honorary DSc, RM, RMT.
Professor Lesley Page CBE served as President of the Royal College of Midwives from April 2012 till June 2017. Lesley has considerable international experience and has worked in and lectured in many parts of the world. She has over 300 publications.
Lesley was the first professor of midwifery in the UK at Thames Valley University and Queen Charlotte’s Hospital. She is Visiting Professor of Midwifery at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London, Honorary Research Fellow Oxford Brookes University and Adjunct Professor University of Technology Sydney and Griffith University Australia. Lesley received the International Alumni Award University of Technology Sydney in 2013 and was conferred with an Honorary DSc by University of West London in November 2013. In 2014 she was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to midwifery.
Lesley is proud to be a Patron of the Brazelton Centre UK. She was influenced by Dr Brazelton from early in her career where she attended lectures given by him and met him in person when he visited UBC Vancouver Canada. A central point of Lesley’s work is supporting strong relationships between mother and baby and father/other parent and the family. She integrated Brazelton’s work on newborn behaviour and assessment from a very early stage in her career.