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Staff Profile

Dr Martin Ward Platt

Honorary Clinical Reader in Neonatal and Paediatric Medicine

Background

Qualifications

MB ChB MD FRCP FRCPCH

Previous Positions

Research Registrar May 1985 to April 1986. Department of Child Health, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Professor A Aynsley-Green.

Research Associate (Action Research Training Fellow), May 1986 to April 1988. Department of Child Health, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Professor A Aynsley-Green.

Senior Registrar in Paediatrics (Neonatal Medicine) May 1988 to December 1989. Princess Mary Maternity Hospital and Newcastle General Hospital.

Fellow in Neonatology, July 1988 to December 1988. Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, Australia.

Memberships

Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
British Medical Association
British Association of Perinatal Medicine
Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology
International Association for the Study of Pain (and special interest group for pain in children)
The Pain Society (within which I chair the special interest group for pain in children)

Research

Research Interests

Research interests on which I have published:
Disorders of glucose homeostasis in the neonate, paediatric injury, paediatric pain, metabolic and endocrine stress responses in infants and children, blood lactate in the neonate, blood glucose measurement, sudden infant death, child death, surfactant.

Other active research interests:
Evaluation of advanced neonatal nurse practitioners using confidential enquiry; diabetes in pregnancy, high frequency oscillatory ventilation, developmental dysplasia of the hip, neonatal outcome studies, neonatal encephalopathy study.

I have collaborated with the Department of Anthropology at Durham University on several medical-anthropologial projects.

Other Expertise

Clinical Lead for the National Congenital Anomaly and Rare Disease Registration Service (NCARDRS), at Public Health England.

Current Work

Congenital Anomaly and Rare Disease Registration with Public Health England

OASIS study of the relationship between abnormal neonatal oto-acoustic emissions and subsequent cot death.

Postgraduate Supervision

Supervisor and co-supervisor of several PhD and MD students at Newcastle and Durham universities over recent years.

Esteem Indicators

Editor in Chief, Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Member of the NIHR maternal and child health HTA committee.

NIHR reviewer

Funding

Most recent grants: 

Research for Patient Benefit: £250,000, NECOT trial, 2007-2010, with Professor Helen Ball.

Northern & Yorkshire R&D: £10,000 for evaluation of advanced neonatal nurse practitioners.
Babes in Arms: £150,000 with Dr Helen Ball for "Co-bedding on the postnatal ward: infant safety and parental satisfaction."

Publications