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

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Publications

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

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

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

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

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 Article

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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). [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

Saito Benz, M., Tzeng, Y. C., Gately, C., Elder, D., & Berry, M. (2017). Effect of elective blood transfusion on cerebral and somatic tissue oxygenation and cardio-respiratory stability in infants with anaemia of prematurity. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 53(Suppl. 2), (pp. 87). doi: 10.1111/jpc.13494_255

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

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