Vaneesha completed her Bachelors degree in Physiology at the University of Bristol in 2011, followed by a Masters degree in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health in 2012. Vaneesha then went on to do a PhD investigating perioperative nutrition practices, also at the University of Bristol, with the Bristol Biomedical Research Unit in Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle. During her PhD, Vaneesha conducted a qualitative study exploring patient experiences of perioperative nutrition, led a Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis of the use of chewing gum for postoperative recovery of gastrointestinal function, and designed and conducted an observational study exploring predictors and outcomes of early resumption of postoperative diet. Prior to her current role, she has worked in neonatal clinical research for several years as a Trial Manager, working on multicentre clinical trials of investigational medicinal products.
PhD MSc BSc
Clinical Research Director
Vaneesha provides a leadership role within the Paediatric Neuroimaging research group, and general oversight and management of the group’s research activities. She is responsible for the group's research governance and the coordination of multiple projects, and is involved in developing the future direction of the research group. Vaneesha plays a central role in liaising with funding bodies and project stakeholders, and she is responsible for ensuring that targets are met, research projects are designed well and conducted to a high quality, DPhil supervision, and staff recruitment and management. Vaneesha also leads the operational development and growth of the research group, and liaises with the charity Support for the Sick Newborn and their Parents (SSNAP) regarding PPI with the research group’s activities.
Oral morphine analgesia for preventing pain during invasive procedures in non-ventilated premature infants in hospital: the POPPI RCT
MONK VC. et al, (2019), NIHR Journals Library
Very low dose dexamethasone to facilitate extubation of preterm babies at risk of bronchopulmonary dysplasia: Placebo controlled RCT / (Minidex: The efficacy and safety of very low dose dexamethasone used to facilitate the extubation of ventilator dependent preterm babies who are at high risk of bronchopulmonary dysplasia)
JUSZCZAK EDMUND. et al, (2019), NIHR
Analgesic efficacy and safety of morphine in the Procedural Pain in Premature Infants (Poppi) study: randomised placebo-controlled trial
Hartley C. et al, (2018), The Lancet, 392, 2595 - 2605
Procedural Pain in Premature Infants (Poppi): A stopped blinded randomised placebo-controlled trial investigating the analgesic efficacy and safety of morphine
HARTLEY C. et al, (2018), The Lancet
Patient experiences of perioperative nutrition within an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery programme for colorectal surgery: a qualitative study
Short V. et al, (2016), Colorectal Disease, 18, O74 - O80