IMAGES: Biomechanics and imaging research for maternal health and neonates

THRIVE Research Centre

Since 2017 we have been working on several ground-breaking and highly trans-disciplinary projects, in the area of pregnancy, childbirth, and neonatal care.

Using biomechanics, thermal imaging and other innovative applications, we are aiming to improve maternal, fetal and neonatal wellbeing and promote health-oriented (salutogenic) practices, while facilitating the economic sustainability of maternity and neonatal services and advancing the training and the education of the future and current health professionals.

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The STAR-Mat TRL6 prototype
The STAR-Mat TRL6 prototype

Meet the team

Dr Anastasia Topalidou Research Fellow - Biomechanics of Pregnancy and Childbirth, and Thermal Imaging – Level 1 Certified Thermographer

Professor Soo Downe Professor in Midwifery Studies, Co-director for THRIVE Centre, Head of Research in Childbirth and Health (ReaCH) research unit

Professor Bogdan Matuszewski Head of Computer Vision and Machine Learning (CVML) Research Group, Deputy head of the UCLan Research Centre in Engineering

Professor Gill Thomson Professor in Perinatal Health, Head of Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture (MAINN) research unit, Deputy Head of Research for the School.

Dr Stephanie Heys Consultant Midwife at The North West Ambulance Service / Honorary Clinical Reader in Maternity at UCLan

Dr Anna Byrom MSc Midwifery Course Leader, Senior Lecturer


Join us at the International Research Network for the study of Biomechanics in Pregnancy and Childbirth

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The IMAGES team has well-established links and well-structured national and international partnership. 

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