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Associate Professor Max Berry, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health

BSc MBBS MRCPCH FRACP PhD

Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics

Max-Berry

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.

Contact details

Email max.berry@otago.ac.nz

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.

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Publications

Prasad, J. D., Gunn, K. C., Davidson, J. O., Galinsky, R., Graham, S. E., Berry, M. J., … Dean, J. M. (2021). Anti‐inflammatory therapies for treatment of inflammation‐related preterm brain injury. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 22, 4008. doi: 10.3390/ijms22084008

Darby, J. R. T., Berry, M. J., Quinn, M., Holman, S. L., Bradshaw, E. L., Jesse, S. M., … Morrison, J. M. (2021). Haemodynamics and cerebral oxygenation of neonatal piglets in the immediate ex utero period supported by either mechanical ventilation or an ex utero oxygenator. Journal of Physiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1113/jp280803

Sixtus, R. P., Gray, C., Berry, M. J., & Dyson, R. M. (2021). Nitrous oxide improves cardiovascular, respiratory, and thermal stability during prolonged isoflurane anesthesia in juvenile guinea pigs. Pharmacology Research & Perspectives, 9, e00713. doi: 10.1002/prp2.713

Muccini, A. M., Tran, N. T., de Guingand, D. L., Philips, M., Della Gatta, P. A., Galinsky, R., … Berry, M. J., … Ellery, S. J. (2021). Creatine metabolism in female reproduction, pregnancy and newborn health. Nutrients, 13, 490. doi: 10.3390/nu13020490

Wiese, M. D., Berry, M. J., Hissaria, P., Darby, J. R. T., & Morrison, J. L. (2021). COVID-19: Can we treat the mother without harming her baby? Journal of Developmental Origins of Health & Disease. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/s2040174420001403

Darby, J. R. T., Berry, M. J., Quinn, M., Holman, S. L., Bradshaw, E. L., Jesse, S. M., … Morrison, J. M. (2021). Haemodynamics and cerebral oxygenation of neonatal piglets in the immediate ex utero period supported by either mechanical ventilation or an ex utero oxygenator. Journal of Physiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1113/jp280803

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Sixtus, R. P., Gray, C., Berry, M. J., & Dyson, R. M. (2021). Nitrous oxide improves cardiovascular, respiratory, and thermal stability during prolonged isoflurane anesthesia in juvenile guinea pigs. Pharmacology Research & Perspectives, 9, e00713. doi: 10.1002/prp2.713

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McBride, G. M., Wiese, M. D., Soo, J. Y., Darby, J. R. T., Berry, M. J., Varcoe, T. J., & Morrison, J. L. (2020). The impact of intrauterine growth restriction on cytochrome P450 enzyme expression and activity. Placenta. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.placenta.2020.07.012

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Prasad, J. D., van de Looij, Y., Gunn, K. C., Ranchhod, S. M., White, P. B., Berry, M. J., … Dean, J. M. (2020). Coordinated microstructural disruptions of the developing neocortex and subcortical white matter after prolonged mild-to-moderate early postnatal systemic inflammation. Brain, Behavior, & Immunity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2020.12.006

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Sandle, M., Sheppard, A., Allermo Fletcher, A., Berry, M., & De Vries, N. (2020). Early identification of infants at risk of cerebral palsy: Developing the use of general movement assessment in routine clinical practice in a tertiary neonatal unit in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1514), 63-70. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Smith, E. V. L. R., Dyson, R. M., Berry, M. J., & Gray, C. (2020). Fructose consumption during pregnancy influences milk lipid composition and offspring lipid profiles in guinea pigs. Frontiers in Endocrinology, 11, 550. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2020.00550

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Soo, J. Y., Wiese, M. D., Dyson, R. M., Gray, C. L., Clarkson, A. N., Morrison, J. L., & Berry, M. J. (2020). Methamphetamine administration increases hepatic CYP1A2 but not CYP3A activity in female guinea pigs. PLoS ONE, 15(5), e0233010. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0233010

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Berry, M. J., Darby, J. R. T., O'Byrne, D. M., Dyson, R. M., Sixtus, R., Holman, S. L., … Morrison, J. L. (2019). Arginine vasopressin improves cerebral perfusion following controlled haemorrhage in adult ewes. Journal of Physiology, 597(16), 4165-4173. doi: 10.1113/jp277629

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Berry, M. J., Port, L. J., Gately, C., & Stringer, M. D. (2019). Outcomes of infants born at 23 and 24 weeks' gestation with gut perforation. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 54, 2092-2098. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2019.03.017

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Dyson, R. M., Palliser, H. K., Wilding, N., Kelly, M. A., Chwatko, G., Glowacki, R., Berry, M. J., … Wright, I. M. R. (2019). Microvascular circulatory dysregulation driven in part by cystathionine-gamma-lyase: A new paradigm for cardiovascular compromise in the preterm newborn. Microcirculation, 26, e12507. doi: 10.1111/micc.12507

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Foley, D., Best, E., Reid, N., & Berry, M. J. (2019). Respiratory health inequality starts early: The impact of social determinants on the aetiology and severity of bronchiolitis in infancy. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 55, 528-532. doi: 10.1111/jpc.14234

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Saito-Benz, M., Cody, S., Dineen, F., Mladenovic, J., & Berry, M. J. (2019). Impact of education on hypothermia delivery during neonatal transport. Neonatology, 116(1), 20-26. doi: 10.1159/000495688

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Saito-Benz, M., Sandle, M. E., Jackson, P. B., & Berry, M. J. (2019). Blood transfusion for anaemia of prematurity: Current practice in Australia and New Zealand. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 55, 433-440. doi: 10.1111/jpc.14222

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Shaw, J. C., Dyson, R. M., Palliser, H. K., Gray, C., Berry, M. J., & Hirst, J. J. (2019). Neurosteroid replacement therapy using the allopregnanolone-analogue ganaxolone following preterm birth in male guinea pigs. Pediatric Research, 85, 86-96. doi: 10.1038/s41390-018-0185-7

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Varcoe, T. J., Darby, J. R. T., Gatford, K. L., Holman, S. L., Cheung, P., Berry, M. J., … Morrison, J. L. (2019). Considerations in selecting postoperative analgesia for pregnant sheep following fetal instrumentation surgery [Invited]. Animal Frontiers, 9(3), 60-67. doi: 10.1093/af/vfz019

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Berry, M. J., Foster, T., Rowe, K., Robertson, O., Robson, B., & Pierse, N. (2018). Gestational age, health, and educational outcomes in adolescents. Pediatrics, 142(5), e20181016. doi: 10.1542/peds.2018-1016

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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). Guinea pig models for translation of the developmental origins of health and disease hypothesis into the clinic. Journal of Physiology, 596(23), 5535-5569. doi: 10.1113/JP274948

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Shaw, J. C., Palliser, H. K., Dyson, R. M., Berry, M. J., & Hirst, J. J. (2018). Disruptions to the cerebellar GABAergic system in juvenile guinea pigs following preterm birth. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, 65, 1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdevneu.2017.10.002

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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, 134, 68-78. doi: 10.1016/j.phrs.2018.06.003

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Muccini, A. M., Tran, N. T., de Guingand, D. L., Philips, M., Della Gatta, P. A., Galinsky, R., … Berry, M. J., … Ellery, S. J. (2021). Creatine metabolism in female reproduction, pregnancy and newborn health. Nutrients, 13, 490. doi: 10.3390/nu13020490

Journal - Research Other

Prasad, J. D., Gunn, K. C., Davidson, J. O., Galinsky, R., Graham, S. E., Berry, M. J., … Dean, J. M. (2021). Anti‐inflammatory therapies for treatment of inflammation‐related preterm brain injury. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 22, 4008. doi: 10.3390/ijms22084008

Journal - Research Other

Wiese, M. D., Berry, M. J., Hissaria, P., Darby, J. R. T., & Morrison, J. L. (2021). COVID-19: Can we treat the mother without harming her baby? Journal of Developmental Origins of Health & Disease. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/s2040174420001403

Journal - Research Other

Saito-Benz, M., Flanagan, P., & Berry, M. J. (2020). Management of anaemia in pre-term infants. British Journal of Haematology, 188, 354-366. doi: 10.1111/bjh.16233

Journal - Research Other

Berry, M. J., Schlegel, M., Kowalski, G. M., Bruce, C. R., Callahan, D. L., Davies-Tuck, M. L., … Ellery, S. J. (2019). UNICORN Babies: Understanding circulating and cerebral creatine levels of the preterm infant: An observational study protocol. Frontiers in Physiology, 10, 142. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2019.00142

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Berry, M., & Schultz, H. D. (2019). The heart of the matter: A vascular hypothesis for Bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Journal of Physiology, 597(4), 991-992. doi: 10.1113/jp276413

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Saito-Benz, M., Gray, C., Tzeng, Y.-C., Atkinson, G., & Berry, M. J. (2019). Cerebral oxygenation and cardiorespiratory stability following liberal transfusion in preterm neonates [Brief report]. Acta Paediatrica, 108, 559-561. doi: 10.1111/apa.14631

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Shaw, J. C., Berry, M. J., Dyson, R. M., Crombie, G., Hirst, J. J., & Palliser, H. K. (2019). Reduced neurosteroid exposure following preterm birth and its' contribution to neurological impairment: A novel avenue for preventative therapies. Frontiers in Physiology, 10, 599. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2019.00599

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Berry, M. J. (2018). EXTENDing fetal life: Postnatal placentae for preterm babies. Journal of Physiology, 596(9), 1547-1548. doi: 10.1113/jp275922

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Morrison, J. L., Berry, M. J., Botting, K. J., Darby, J. R. T., Frasch, M. G., Gatford, K. L., … Gray, C. L., … Tellam, R. L. (2018). Improving pregnancy outcomes in humans through studies in sheep. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative & Comparative Physiology, 315, R1123-R1153. doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.00391.2017

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Ng, S. K. F., Keenan, N., Swart, S. E., & Berry, M. J. (2018). Palliative care in a tertiary neonatal intensive care unit: A 10-year review [Short report]. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2018-001538

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Saito-Benz, M., Murphy, W. G., Tzeng, Y.-C., Atkinson, G., & Berry, M. J. (2018). Storage after gamma irradiation affects in vivo oxygen delivery capacity of transfused red blood cells in preterm infants. Transfusion, 58, 2108-2112. doi: 10.1111/trf.14764

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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, 130, 74-84. doi: 10.1016/j.phrs.2018.02.001

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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

Journal - Research Other

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

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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 [Short research report]. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 92(7), 862-865. doi: 10.1111/aogs.12149

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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

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Shaw, J., Palliser, H., Dyson, R., Berry, M., & Hirst, J. (2018). Neurosteroid therapy following preterm birth in the guinea pig ameliorates neurological impairment. Reproductive Sciences, 25(1, Suppl.), (pp. 101A-102A). doi: 10.1177/1933719118759999

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Ng, S., Keenan, N., Swart, S. E., & Berry, M. (2017). 10 year retrospective audit of palliative care practices in a tertiary neonatal intensive care unit. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 53(Suppl. 2), (pp. 72). doi: 10.1111/jpc.13494_255

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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