Dr Anastasia Topalidou
School of Community Health and Midwifery
Anastasia specialises in the fields of clinical biomechanics, musculoskeletal biomechanics and clinical measurements, with extensive experience in non-invasive techniques, thermal imaging applications and sensors for use in medicine and clinical research. She has participated in several inter- and trans-disciplinary projects combining biomedical engineering, health sciences, midwifery, psychology and other disciplines. Anastasia is research active within the Research in Childbirth and Health (ReaCH) Unit.
Anastasia collaborates on a range of inter- and trans-disciplinary projects at a national and international level, exploring the biomechanics of pregnancy and childbirth, the maternal, foetal and neonatal wellbeing and the potentials of thermal imaging application in a range of contexts. She is involved in research projects that promote the engagement between academia and industry and has close collaborations with NHS Trusts, business partners and other institutions. Anastasia is the Lead of Equality for the School of Community Health and Midwifery.
Anastasia has been working at the University of Central Lancashire since 2016. She led the Working Group 2 (WG2: Biomechanics & Bioengineering) of the EU COST Action-IS1405 “Building Intrapartum Research Through Health (BIRTH): An interdisciplinary whole‐system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birth” (2014-2018), which explored the mechanics and bioengineering of pregnancy and labour, including the identification and/or development of non-invasive, dynamic, real time methods for assessing mechanical and bio-engineering parameters in vivo for pregnant and labouring women and their foetus. Currently she is a member of the EU COST Action CA18211 “Perinatal Mental Health and Birth-Related Trauma: Maximising best practice and optimal outcomes”. Apart from her research activities, she has extensive experience in project management, strategic planning and policymaking. She has published over 25 peer reviewed research articles and 2 book chapters. She has also written an article published on The Conversation “Could AI take control of human birth?”, that attracted the attention and was reproduced by other media.
- PhD Spine Biomechanics and Rehabilitation, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Greece 2015
- MSc (distinction) Health and Human Performance (Biomechanics), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2010
- BSc (1st, Hons) Adapted Physical Education – Therapeutic Exercise, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2006
- BSc (1st, Hons) Strength, Conditioning and Nutrition, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2006
- Level 1 Thermographer, Infrared Training Centre, 2018
- Biomechanics of Pregnancy and Childbirth
- Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
- Thermal Imaging
- Medical applications of infrared thermography
- Development of new assessment tools
- Project Management
- European Society of Biomechanics
- Member of the Quality Maternal & Newborn Care Research Alliance
- Hellenic (Greek) Society of Biomechanics
- Onassis Foundation, Scholars’ Association
- Northern Greece Physical Education Teachers Association
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- Research in Childbirth and Health (Reach) Unit
- Transdisciplinary Health Research for Thriving in the Early Years (THRIVE) Research Centre
- UCLan Research Institute for Global Health and Wellbeing
- (2021) “Immersive Training Education Resources”. Funder: NHSEi. (Role: Advisory Group Member)
- (2020-2021) “Imaging and Innovative Technologies for Pregnancy and Childbirth”. Knowledge Exchange – Higher Education Innovation Fund. (Role: Researcher)
- (2020-2021) “Motherhood during COVID-19”. University of Liverpool and UCLan. (Role: Researcher)
- (2019-2020) “Service evaluation of a continuity of carer model in Coventry and Warwickshire”. Funder: South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust. (Role: Researcher)
- (2019 – present) Substitute Management Committee Member of the EU COST Action CA18211 “Perinatal Mental Health and Birth-Related Trauma: Maximising best practice and optimal outcomes”
- (2015-2018) Management Committee Member and Core Group Member of the EU COST Action IS1405 “Building Intrapartum Research Through Health - an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birth (BIRTH)”. Chair of Working Group 2: Biomechanics and Bioengineering
- (2013-2014) Active member of Working Group 5.1 of the EU COST Action IS0907 “Childbirth Cultures, Concerns, and Consequences: Creating a dynamic EU framework for optimal maternity care, in communities of Practice and Health”
- 2020-2021: Co-I “ASPIRE: Achieving Safe and Personalised maternity care In Response to Epidemics”. UKRI – ESRC Open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19 (£494,910)
- (2020): PI “Investigation of breast-feeding Mother-Infant dyad Lactation process using Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (MILC-DITI). THRIVE Centre – Equipment bid (£2,942.40)
- 2019-2020: Co-I “(Ti-Neo): Development of a novel Thermal Imaging monitoring system for NEOnatal care” Lancashire Research Institute For Global Health and Wellbeing (£15,596.00).
- 2018-2019: Co-I “(WE-PPLuS): WEarable technologies for Positive Pregnancy LifestyleS” QR Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) (QR) 2018-2021 (£12,690.00)
- 2017-2018: Co-I “Feasibility of Smart Thermal Analysis Resource (STAR) in Maternity Services (MAT)” Innovate UK (Health and Life Sciences) (£72,707.00)
- 2017-2018: Co-I “Thermal imaging application in pregnancy-proof of concept” UCLan Idea Investment Voucher (£20,000.00)
- 2017-2018: PI “Feasibility study of thermal imaging methodology use for complex data management and data analysis in interdisciplinary contexts of health” Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Swiss Fellowship-Strategic Fund for International Research (17,000.00 CHF) (Fellowship)
- 2016-2017: Co-I “Thermal imaging methodology use for complex data management and data analysis in interdisciplinary contexts of health” Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts IDS TI-Health (35,000.00 CHF)
- 2016: Co-I “Salutogenic practice in maternity care” Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts SBFI=Mitteln (10,000.00 CHF)
- 2016: PI: Methods of physiological measurement and comparative description of women’s wellbeing in different settings of maternity care” EU COST (European Cooperation in Sciences and Technologies) funded Short Scientific Mission (STSM) by COST Action IS1405 IS1405. (1,631.00 €) (Personal Grant)
- 2014: PI: “Pilot study to inform a programme of work on the use of thermography in maternity care research” EU COST (European Cooperation in Sciences and Technologies funded Short Scientific Mission (STSM) by COST Action IS1405 IS0907. (1,300.00 €) (Personal Grant)
- 2010-2015: PI: Fellowship for PhD studies by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. (21,600.00 €) (Fellowship)
- 2007-2010: PI: Fellowship for MSc studies on Health and Exercise by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. (7,200.00 €) (Fellowship)
- Keynote speaker / invited speaker in 6 conferences/workshops. Over 40 presentations in national and international conferences.
- Selected presentations:
- “The mechanics and bioengineering of pregnancy and labour, through an interactive model of knowledge-based approach and innovation”, From Birth to Health: Towards Sustainable Childbirth 2018, Lisbon, Portugal.
- “Infrared thermal imaging in maternity care”, ”, From Birth to Health: Towards Sustainable Childbirth 2018, Lisbon, Portugal.
- “Salutogenic midwifery practice in terms of thermal imaging”. 2017, 12th International Normal Labour and Birth Research Conference, Grange-Over Sands, UK.
- “Catalysing multidisciplinary research, practice, and activism around physiological labour and birth: Lessons from two EU COST Action network programme”, 31st ICM Triennial Congress, 2017, Toronto, Canada.