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Dr Max Berry, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health

BSc MBBS MRCPCH FRACP PhD
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics

Max-Berry

Dr 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.

Dr 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.

Research interests

Dr Berry's research interests include the impact of preterm birth on cardiac autonomic function, vascular function and the development of regional adiposity. In particular, Dr Berry has an interest in translational biomedical research, and the integration of basic sciences with advances in perinatal care.

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Publications

Soo, J. Y., Wiese, M. D., Berry, M. J., McMillen, I. C., & Morrison, J. L. (2018). Intrauterine growth restriction may reduce hepatic drug metabolism in the early neonatal period. Pharmacological Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.phrs.2018.06.003

Morrison, J. L., Botting, K. J., Darby, J. R. T., David, A. L., Dyson, R. M., Gatford, K. L., Gray, C., … Berry, M. J. (2018). Invited review: Guinea pig models for translation of DOHaD into the clinic. Journal of Physiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1113/JP274948

Soo, J. Y., Wiese, M. D., Berry, M. J., & Morrison, J. L. (2018). Does poor fetal growth influence the extent of fetal exposure to maternal medications? Pharmacological Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.phrs.2018.02.001

Berry, M. J. (2018). EXTENDing fetal life: Postnatal placentae for preterm babies. Journal of Physiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1113/jp275922

Collins, C. T., Makrides, M., McPhee, A. J., Sullivan, T. R., Davis, P. G., Thio, M., … Berry, M. J., … Gibson, R. A. (2017). Docosahexaenoic acid and bronchopulmonary dysplasia in preterm infants. New England Journal of Medicine, 376(13), 1245-1255. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1611942

Commissioned Report for External Body

Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee, including Berry, M., & Crengle, S. (2017). Eleventh annual report of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee: Reporting mortality and morbidity 2015: Seventh report to the Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand. Commissioned by Health Quality & Safety Commission. Wellington, New Zealand: Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee. 217p.

Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee, including Berry, M., & Crengle, S. (2016). Tenth annual report of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee: Reporting mortality and morbidity 2014: Sixth report to the Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand. Commissioned by Health Quality & Safety Commission. Wellington, New Zealand: Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee. 180p.

Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee, including Berry, M., & Crengle, S. (2015). Ninth annual report of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee: Reporting mortality and morbidity 2013: Fifth report to the Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand. Commissioned by Health Quality & Safety Commission. Wellington, New Zealand: Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee. 182p.

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Other Research Output

Berry, M. (2016, September). Healthier babies; better futures [Interview]. Wellington Medical Research Foundation: Research for Life. Retrieved from http://researchforlife.org.nz/Interview+with+Dr+Max+Berry+-+healthier+babies;+better+futures

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Journal - Research Article

Soo, J. Y., Wiese, M. D., Berry, M. J., McMillen, I. C., & Morrison, J. L. (2018). Intrauterine growth restriction may reduce hepatic drug metabolism in the early neonatal period. Pharmacological Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.phrs.2018.06.003

Collins, C. T., Makrides, M., McPhee, A. J., Sullivan, T. R., Davis, P. G., Thio, M., … Berry, M. J., … Gibson, R. A. (2017). Docosahexaenoic acid and bronchopulmonary dysplasia in preterm infants. New England Journal of Medicine, 376(13), 1245-1255. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1611942

Shaw, J. C., Palliser, H. K., Dyson, R. M., Berry, M. J., & Hirst, J. J. (2017). Disruptions to the cerebellar GABAergic system in juvenile guinea pigs following preterm birth. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdevneu.2017.10.002

Berry, M. J., Saito-Benz, M., Gray, C., Dyson, R. M., Dellabarca, P., Ebmeier, S., … Elder, D. E., & Richardson, V. F. (2017). Outcomes of 23- and 24-weeks gestation infants in Wellington, New Zealand: A single centre experience. Scientific Reports, 7, 12769. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-12911-5

Witter, T., Tzeng, Y.-C., O'Donnell, T., Kusel, J., Walker, B., Berry, M., & Taylor, C. E. (2017). Inter-individual relationships between sympathetic arterial baroreflex function and cerebral perfusion control in healthy males. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 11, 457. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2017.00457

Berry, M. J., Jaquiery, A. L., Oliver, M. H., Harding, J. E., & Bloomfield, F. H. (2016). Neonatal milk supplementation in lambs has persistent effects on growth and metabolic function that differ by sex and gestational age. British Journal of Nutrition, 116(11), 1912-1925. doi: 10.1017/S0007114516004013

Shaw, J. C., Palliser, H. K., Dyson, R. M., Hirst, J. J., & Berry, M. J. (2016). Long-term effects of preterm birth on behavior and neurosteroid sensitivity in the guinea pig. Pediatric Research, 80(2), 275-283. doi: 10.1038/pr.2016.63

Corbisier de Meautsart, C., Dyson, R. M., Latter, J. L., Berry, M. J., Clifton, V. L., & Wright, I. M. R. (2016). Influence of sympathetic activity in the control of peripheral microvascular tone in preterm infants. Pediatric Research, 80(6), 793-799. doi: 10.1038/pr.2016.160

Jaquiery, A. L., Park, S. S., Phua, H. H., Berry, M. J., Meijler, D., Harding, J. E., … Bloomfield, F. H. (2016). Brief neonatal nutritional supplementation has sex-specific effects on glucose tolerance and insulin regulating genes in juvenile lambs. Pediatric Research, 80(6), 861-869. doi: 10.1038/pr.2016.168

Gray, C., Vickers, M. H., Dyson, R. M., Reynolds, C. M., & Berry, M. J. (2015). Magnesium sulfate has sex-specific, dose-dependent vasodilator effects on preterm placental vessels. Biology of Sex Differences, 6, 22. doi: 10.1186/s13293-015-0040-z

Berry, M., Gray, C., Wright, K., Dyson, R., & Wright, I. (2015). Premature guinea pigs: A new paradigm to investigate the late-effects of preterm birth. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health & Disease, 6(2), 143-148. doi: 10.1017/S2040174414000592

Saito-Benz, M., Miller, H. E., & Berry, M. J. (2015). Shwachman-Diamond syndrome (SDS) in a preterm neonate. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 51(12), 1228-1230. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12941

Berry, M., Tzeng, Y., & Marsland, C. (2014). Percutaneous transtracheal ventilation in an obstructed airway model in post-apnoeic sheep. British Journal of Anaesthesia, 113(6), 1039-1045. doi: 10.1093/bja/aeu188

Berry, M., Jaquiery, A., Oliver, M., Harding, J., & Bloomfield, F. (2013). Preterm birth has sex-specific effects on autonomic modulation of heart rate variability in adult sheep. PLoS ONE, 8(12), e85468. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0085468

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Journal - Research Other

Morrison, J. L., Botting, K. J., Darby, J. R. T., David, A. L., Dyson, R. M., Gatford, K. L., Gray, C., … Berry, M. J. (2018). Invited review: Guinea pig models for translation of DOHaD into the clinic. Journal of Physiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1113/JP274948

Berry, M. J. (2018). EXTENDing fetal life: Postnatal placentae for preterm babies. Journal of Physiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1113/jp275922

Soo, J. Y., Wiese, M. D., Berry, M. J., & Morrison, J. L. (2018). Does poor fetal growth influence the extent of fetal exposure to maternal medications? Pharmacological Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.phrs.2018.02.001

Berry, M. J., Saito-Benz, M., Klein, T., Bowkett, B., & Richardson, V. F. (2017). Ectopia cordis: A novel palliative care technique. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 7(1), 102-104. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2015-000946

Collins, C. T., Gibson, R. A., Makrides, M., McPhee, A. J., Sullivan, T. R., Davis, P. G., … and the N3RO Investigative Team, including Berry, M. (2016). The N3RO trial: A randomised controlled trial of docosahexaenoic acid to reduce bronchopulmonary dysplasia in preterm infants < 29 weeks' gestation. BMC Pediatrics, 16, 72. doi: 10.1186/s12887-016-0611-0

Harding, J. E., Derraik, J. G. B., Berry, M. J., Jaquiery, A. L., Alsweiler, J. M., Cormack, B. E., & Bloomfield, F. H. (2013). Optimum feeding and growth in preterm neonates. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health & Disease, 4(3), 215-222. doi: 10.1017/S2040174412000736

Berry, M. J., Jaquiery, A. L., Oliver, M. H., Harding, J. E., & Bloomfield, F. H. (2013). Antenatal corticosteroid exposure at term increases adult adiposity: An experimental study in sheep. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 92(7), 862-865. doi: 10.1111/aogs.12149

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Saito Benz, M., Dyson, R., Gray, C., Gately, C., Jackson, P., & Berry, M. (2017). Blood transfusion for anaemia of prematurity: Current practice in Australia and New Zealand neonatal units. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 53(Suppl. 2), (pp. 86-87). doi: 10.1111/jpc.13494_255

Shaw, J. C., Palliser, H. K., Dyson, R. M., Berry, M. J., & Hirst, J. J. (2017). Ongoing defects in cerebellar development in a guinea pig model of preterm birth. Reproductive Sciences, 24(Suppl. 1), (pp. 131A). [Abstract]

Soo, J., Berry, M., Dyson, R., Gray, C., & Morrison, J. L. (2016). Sex specific effect of preterm birth on mRNA expression of drug transporters in guinea pig liver. Proceedings of the Australian Physiological Society (AuPS) and Australian Society for Biophysics (ASB) Conference. Retrieved from http://aups.org.au/

Rahman, R., Dyson, R., Wright, K., & Berry, M. (2015). Temporal changes in microvascular function following preterm birth in guinea pigs. Journal of Pediatric & Neonatal Individualized Medicine, 4(2), (pp. 37). doi: 10.7363/040207

Witter, T., Taylor, C., O'Donnell, T., Kusel, J., Allan, P., Berry, M., Walker, B., & Tzeng, Y.-C. (2015). Inter-individual relationships between sympathetic arterial baroreflex function and cerebral perfusion control in healthy males. FASEB Journal, 29(1, Suppl.), 833.6. Retrieved from http://www.fasebj.org/content/29/1_Supplement/833.6.abstract

Dyson, R. M., Rahman, R., Wright, K., Wright, I. M. R., & Berry, M. (2015). Persistent alteration in microvascular function following preterm birth in guinea pigs. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 51(Suppl. 1), (pp. 47). doi: 10.1111/jpc.12884_3

O'Donnell, T., MacRae, B., Berry, M., & Tzeng, Y.-C. (2015). The effects of preterm brith on cerebral pressure-flow dynamics. FASEB Journal, 29(1, Suppl.), 684.5. Retrieved from http://www.fasebj.org/content/29/1_Supplement/684.5.abstract

Allan, P., Faulkner, J., O'Donnell, T., Lanford, J., Witter, T., Woolley, B., Berry, M., … Tzeng, Y.-C. (2015). Cerebrovascular function is preserved following transient ischaemic attack and minor stroke. FASEB Journal, 29(1, Suppl.), 833.7. Retrieved from http://www.fasebj.org/content/29/1_Supplement/833.7.abstract

Witter, T., MacRae, B., O'Donnell, T., Berry, M., & Tzeng, Y. C. (2014). Interindividual relationships between blood pressure and cerebral blood flow variability. FASEB Journal, 28(1, Suppl.), 1184.11. [Abstract]

Allan, P., O'Donnell, T., Berry, M., Faulkner, J., Lambrick, D., Stoner, L., … Tzeng, Y.-C. (2014). Fundamental relationships between blood pressure and cerebral blood flow following acute ischaemic stroke. Proceedings of the Medical Sciences Congress (MedSci). (pp. 39). Retrieved from http://www.physoc.org.nz/meetings/archive/medsci-2014-abstracts

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Smith, E., Dyson, R., Gray, C., & Berry, M. (2017, September). Potential therapeutic interventions to prevent later life predisposition to non-communicable disease, following preterm birth. Poster session presented at the Otago Spotlight Series: Child Health Research, Wellington, New Zealand.

Sixtus, R., Dyson, R., Gray, C., & Berry, M. (2017, September). Cardiovascular and thermoregulatory consequences of preterm birth. Poster session presented at the Otago Spotlight Series: Child Health Research, Wellington, New Zealand.

Barnes, H., Dyson, R., Gray, C., Anderson, J., & Berry, M. (2017, September). Investigating potential NAFLD predisposition in preterm guinea pigs. Poster session presented at the Otago Spotlight Series: Child Health Research, Wellington, New Zealand.

Soo, J. Y., Wiese, M., Dyson, R., Gray, C., Clarkson, A., Morrison, J., & Berry, M. (2017, September). The effect of methamphetamine on drug metabolism: A pilot study. Poster session presented at the Otago Spotlight Series: Child Health Research, Wellington, New Zealand.

Soo, J., Berry, M., Dyson, R., Gray, C., & Morrison, J. L. (2016, September). Effect of preterm birth on mRNA expression of drug transporters in guinea pig liver. Poster session presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Fetal and Neonatal Physiological Society (FNPS), Cambridge, UK.

Allan, P., O'Donnell, T., Berry, M., Faulkner, J., Lambrick, D., Stoner, L., … Tzeng, Y.-C. (2014, September). Fundamental relationships between blood pressure and cerebral blood flow following acute ischaemic stroke. Poster session presented at the Division of Health Sciences Research Forum: Learning Different Research Languages, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Saito Benz, M., Murphy, W. G., Tzeng, S. Y. C., Atkinson, G., & Berry, M. J. (2017, September). Effects of irradiation and storage on the oxygen carrying capacity of red blood cells given to preterm infants with anaemia of prematurity. Verbal presentation at the Fetal and Neonatal Physiological Society 44th Annual Meeting, Osaka, Japan.

Dyson, R., Palliser, H., Shepherd, K., Abbas, A., Kelly, M., Badman, P., … Rahman, R., Berry, M., & Wright, I. (2017, September). Vascular tone (dys)regulation in the preterm neonate: Implications for short- and long-term outcomes. Verbal presentation at the Joint Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Vascular Biology Society (AVBS) and the 19th Australia and New Zealand Microcirculation Society (ANZMS), Sunshine Coast, Australia.

Shaw, J., Palliser, H. K., Dyson, R. M., Berry, M. J., & Hirst, J. J. (2017, September). Ganaxolone as a therapy to prevent neurological impairment following preterm birth in the guinea pig. Verbal presentation at the 44th Annual Meeting Fetal and Neonatal Physiological Society, Osaka, Japan.

Darby, J. R., Berry, M., Dyson, R., Gray, C., & Morrison, J. L. (2016, September). Preterm birth coupled with antenatal glucocorticoid treatment increases cardiac MR and 11β-HSD1 in adult life. Verbal presentation at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Fetal and Neonatal Physiological Society (FNPS), Cambridge, UK.

Berry, M., Saito-Benz, M., Dellabarca, P., Gray, C., Elder, D., Richardson, V., & Dyson, R. (2015, July). Neonatal outcomes following birth at the margin of viability: A 10-year experience in Wellington NICU. Verbal presentation at the Perinatal Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) 35th Annual Scientific Meeting, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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