MBChB (Hons) BMedSci MRCPCH
Clinical Doctoral Fellow
- DPhil Student
- Paediatric Specialist Trainee
Fiona completed her medical degree at the University of Edinburgh with an intercalated BMedSci in Neuroscience. She moved to Oxford to work as a clinical doctor on the Academic Foundation programme, during which she began working with Prof Rebeccah Slater. Fiona was awarded an Academic Clinical Fellowship in Paediatrics to continue studying the development of noxious-evoked brain activity using EEG. In 2015, she was awarded funding from the Wellcome Trust and NIHR BRC Oxford to undertake a DPhil in Biomedical and Clinical Sciences investigating pain processing in the developing brain using EEG and functional MRI.
The aim of her research is to understand how maturational changes in structural and functional connectivity shape the development of noxious-evoked brain activity underlying pain perception in early life.
In the long-term, Fiona aims to translate advances in our mechanistic understanding of pain processing in early life to improve pain management in neonatal care and identify safe, evidence-based analgesics.
Improving the treatment of infant pain.
Moultrie F. et al, (2017), Curr Opin Support Palliat Care, 11, 112 - 117
A blinded randomised placebo-controlled trial investigating the efficacy of morphine analgesia for procedural pain in infants: Trial protocol.
Slater R. et al, (2016), Wellcome Open Res, 1
Changing Balance of Spinal Cord Excitability and Nociceptive Brain Activity in Early Human Development.
Hartley C. et al, (2016), Curr Biol, 26, 1998 - 2002
Pain in neonates and infants
Moultrie F. et al, (2016), An Introduction to Pain and Nervous System Disorders, 281 - 293
The relationship between nociceptive brain activity, spinal reflex withdrawal and behaviour in newborn infants.
Hartley C. et al, (2015), Sci Rep, 5