Professor Frank Harry Bloomfield
PhD, MCChB, BSc, FRACP, MRCP (UK)
Professor Frank Bloomfield is the Director of the Liggins Institute. He is a Professor in Neonatology, a Consultant Neonatologist at Auckland City Hospital, and the current President of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Frank took a BSc (first class honours) in Experimental Immunology and Oncology at the University of Manchester and then MBChB, also at Manchester. He trained in paediatrics in the north-west of England, obtaining MRCP before moving to New Zealand where he specialised in neonatal paediatrics, obtaining FRACP. He took a PhD in paediatrics at The University of Auckland and spent two years in Toronto as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and a neonatal transport fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children. He was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Neonatology at The University of Auckland and a specialist neonatologist at Auckland City Hospital in 2002. In 2013 he was promoted to Professor and in 2015 was appointed Director of the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland.
Affiliations and collaborations:
Research collaborations within NZ and also with Monash University, Melbourne, University of Manchester and the University of Toronto. Member of the international NEOMUNE consortium to improve neonatal nutrition.
Research | Current
- Neonatal paediatrics
- complications of preterm birth
- fetal growth and development, particularly endocrine development
- developmental origins of health and disease
- neonatal nutrition and growth and the life-long consequences of altered growth
Major research grants:
- HRC project grant "ProVIDe RCT: does better early nutrition in preterm babies improve development?"
- HRC programme grant “Perinatal Care and its consequences” 2009
- HRC project grant “Periconceptional regulation of fetal growth and adult physiology: studies in twins” 2007
- HRC Programme grant “Fetal growth and its consequences” 2001-7
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research project grant “Mechanisms of Parturition” 2004
Currently supervising 3 health professionals enrolled in PhDs
Co-supervising 5 PhDs
7 previous PhDs through to completion as primary supervisor
President, Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand
Member, National Maternity Monitoring Group, Ministry of Health
Member, Governance Board, New Zealand National Intestinal Failure Service
Member, Ministry of Health Expert Working Group on Maternity Indicators
Member, New Zealand Paediatric and Child Health Division Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Document Development Committee on Newborn Premature Screening, Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- 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. 10.1038/pr.2016.168
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anne Jaquiery, Jane Harding, Mark Oliver
- Oyston, C., Stanley, J. L., Oliver, M. H., Bloomfield, F. H., & Baker, P. N. (2016). Maternal Administration of Sildenafil Citrate Alters Fetal and Placental Growth and Fetal-Placental Vascular Resistance in the Growth-Restricted Ovine Fetus. Hypertension
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Oliver
- Cormack, B. E., Embleton, N. D., van Goudoever, J. B., Hay, W. W., & Bloomfield, F. H. (2016). Comparing apples with apples: it is time for standardized reporting of neonatal nutrition and growth studies. Pediatric research, 79 (6), 810-820. 10.1038/pr.2016.26
- Flenady, V., Wojcieszek, A. M., Middleton, P., Ellwood, D., Erwich, J. J., Coory, M., ... Boyle, F. M. (2016). Stillbirths: recall to action in high-income countries. Lancet (London, England), 387 (10019), 691-702.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cindy Farquhar, Lesley McCowan, Lynn Sadler
- Bansal, A., Bloomfield, F. H., Connor, K. L., Dragunow, M., Thorstensen, E. B., Oliver, M. H., ... Alsweiler, J. M. (2015). Glucocorticoid-Induced Preterm Birth and Neonatal Hyperglycemia Alter Ovine β-Cell Development. Endocrinology, 156 (10), 3763-3776.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Oliver, Jane Alsweiler, Michael Dragunow, Jane Harding, Eric Thorstensen
- Bloomfield, F. H. (2015). The challenges of research participation by children. Pediatric research, 78 (1), 109-110. 10.1038/pr.2015.75
- Cester, E. A., Bloomfield, F. H., Taylor, J., Smith, S., & Cormack, B. E. (2015). Do recommended protein intakes improve neurodevelopment in extremely preterm babies?. Archives of disease in childhood. Fetal and neonatal edition, 100 (3), F243-F247. 10.1136/archdischild-2014-307521
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Barbara Cormack
- Bloomfield, F. H., Crowther, C. A., Harding, J. E., Conlon, C. A., Jiang, Y., & Cormack, B. E. (2015). The ProVIDe study: the impact of protein intravenous nutrition on development in extremely low birthweight babies. BMC pediatrics, 15
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Caroline Crowther, Yannan Jiang, Jane Harding, Barbara Cormack
Kate Sommers, EA to Prof Bloomfield
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