Dr Janet Berrington

Milk feeds: from zero to hero


Dr Janet Berrington is a Consultant Neonatal Paediatrician in Newcastle and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Neonatal Medicine, Newcastle University, UK. She trained in the UK and Australia, and completed an MD in neonatal immunology. She has contributed to a wide programme of neonatal research including two BLISS innovation funded studies: REDEXAM (REDucing unnecessary eye EXAMinations in preterm infants, testing a non-invasive urinary test for retinopathy of prematurity) and SHIFT (Support at Home for InFants Tube feeding, examining home tube feeding from parental and NHS perspectives). She is also part of the trial teams for two large national NIHR funded feeding trials (SIFT, Speed of Infant Feeing Trial) and the immunonutrient trial of supplementary lactoferrin (ELFIN), each recruiting more than 2000 infants. She has led observational studies on the neonatal microbiome and metabolome, and facilitates ongoing translational research in neonates, particularly in relation to necrotising enterocolitis and late onset sepsis development, prevention, diagnosis and treatment. She is manager of the Great North Neonatal Biobank, a co-app in the EME funded mechanistic microbiomic and metabolomic study (MAGPIE, Mechanisms Affecting the Gut of Preterm Infants in Enteral feeding trials), and a member of the UK Neonatal Nutrition Network.