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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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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.


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

Kremer, L. J., Edmonds, L. K., Sime, M. J., Broadbent, R. S., Medlicott, N. J., Berry, M. J., Austin, N. C., … Reith, D. M. (2023). The Little Eye Drop Study: Are very low dose mydriatics in a microdrop effective and safe for ROP eye examinations? Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 59(Suppl. 1), (pp. 89). doi: 10.1111/jpc.16357

Sixtus, R. P., Gray, C., Berry, M. J., & Dyson, R. M. (2023). Preterm-born individuals: A vulnerable population at risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality during thermal extremes? [Review]. Experimental Physiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1113/ep091152

Sixtus, R. P., Berry, M. J., Gray, C. L., & Dyson, R. M. (2023). A novel whole-body thermal stress test for monitoring cardiovascular responses in Guinea pigs. Journal of Thermal Biology, 113, 103500. doi: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2023.103500

Kremer, L. J., Medlicott, N., Sime, M. J., Broadbent, R., Edmonds, L., Berry, M. J., Austin, N. C., … Reith, D. M. (2023). Low dose or very low dose phenylephrine and cyclopentolate microdrops for retinopathy of prematurity eye examinations (The Little Eye Drop Study): A randomised controlled non-inferiority trial. Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal & Neonatal Edition, 108, F380-F386. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2022-324929

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