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BSc MBBS MRCPCH FRACP PhDAssociate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics


Associate Professor Max Berry obtained her BSc in Developmental Neurobiology from the University of London prior to completion of undergraduate medical training at Guys and St Thomas's Hospitals, London. She obtained MRCPCH in the UK just before emigrating to NZ, where she completed her training in neonatal and perinatal medicine in Hamilton and Wellington. In 2008 Dr Berry was awarded an HRC Fellowship for PhD studies; during the course of her PhD she examined the long-term effects of preterm birth, early nutrition and antenatal corticosteroid exposure on cardiometabolic outcomes in sheep.

Associate Professor Berry joined the department in 2012 as a Neonatologist and Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics. She has an active role in 5th and 6th year teaching.

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Research interests

Associate Professor Berry's research interests include pre-clinical and clinical studies examining novel approaches to mitigate the impact of an altered perinatal environment on cardiometabolic and neurodevelopmental outcomes. She also leads pre-clinical translational biomedical research across a number of other pathophysiological states, integrating basic sciences with advances in clinical care.


Moloney, R. A., Palliser, H. K., Dyson, R. M., Pavy, C. L., Berry, M., Hirst, J. J., & Shaw, J. C. (2024). Ongoing effects of preterm birth on the dopaminergic and noradrenergic pathways in the frontal cortex and hippocampus of guinea pigs. Developmental Neurobiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/dneu.22937 Journal - Research Article

Raghu, K., & Berry, M. J. (2024). Acute liver failure secondary to therapeutic paracetamol dosing in an extremely preterm neonate. Drug & Therapeutics Bulletin, 62(3), e245406. doi: 10.1136/dtb.2023.245406rep Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Coker, S. J., Berry, M. J., Vissers, M. C. M., & Dyson, R. M. (2024). Maternal vitamin C intake during pregnancy influences long-term offspring growth with timing- and sex-specific effects in guinea pigs. Nutrients, 16(3), 369. doi: 10.3390/nu16030369 Journal - Research Article

Royal, H., Mannetje, A., Hales, S., Douwes, J., Berry, M., & Chambers, T. (2024). Nitrate in drinking water and pregnancy outcomes: A narrative review of epidemiological evidence and proposed biological mechanisms. PLoS Water, 3(1), e0000214. doi: 10.1371/journal.pwat.0000214 Journal - Research Other

Coker, S. J., Dyson, R. M., Smith-Díaz, C. C., Vissers, M. C. M., & Berry, M. J. (2023). Effects of low vitamin C intake on fertility parameters and pregnancy outcomes in guinea pigs. Nutrients, 15, 4107. doi: 10.3390/nu15194107 Journal - Research Article

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