Dr. Anastasia Topalidou

Research Associate

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB224

+44 (0) 1772 89 5199


Subject Areas: Health, 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 area of clinical engineering and midwifery and maternal child health and is a member of the Research in Childbirth and Health Unit (ReaCH).

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Anastasia has extensive experience of using non-invasive and innovative methods for measurements in medicine and for clinical research in a range of contexts.

She leads 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), which explores 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.

Anastasia has received several fellowships, awards and honours and she is an active member of scientific and academic societies. She has active collaborative links with industry and Universities across Europe.

She has participated in numerous projects combining academic research and industrial development. Her current research interests are: The use of thermal imaging in medical applications, complex data management and analysis in interdisciplinary contexts of health; exploration of innovative techniques and methods in the health sector and development of new assessment tools.

Anastasia has published an article on The Conversation about Artificial Intelligence and childbirth, entitled Could AI take control of human birth?

  • Ph.D. Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Greece (2015).
  • M.Sc. (distinction) Interdisciplinary Postgraduate M.Sc. Program, Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2010).
  • B.Sc. (1st Hons) in Physical Education and Sports Science. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2006).


Topalidou A., Tzagarakis G, Balalis K, Papaioannou A. Posterior decompression and fusion: Whole-spine functional and clinical outcomes. PLoS ONE, 2016; 11(8):e0160213

Topalidou A., Downe S. Investigation of the use of thermography for research and clinical applications in pregnant. Infrared Physics and Technology, 2016; 7(2016):59-64

Sekulic S., Gebauer-Bukurov K., Cvijanovic M., Kopitovic A., Ilic D., Petrovic D., Capo I., Pericin-Starcevic I., Christ O., Topalidou A. Appearance of fetal pain could be associated with maturation of the mesodiencephalic structures. Journal of Pain Research, 2016; 9:1031-1038.

Aggelidakis J., Lasithiotakis K., Topalidou A., Koutroumpas J., Kouvidis G., Katonis P. Limb salvage after gas gangrene: A case report and review of the literature. World J Emerg Surg. 2011; 6(1):28.

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2016: 1st Pancyprian Conference “Healthy mothers – happy children: Neuroendocrinological and Psychosocial Approaches to pregnancy, childbirth and early childhood”. European University of Cyprus, 31st March, Nicosia-Cyprus.
Speech: “Fetal movements: a viral action with a deficient assessment. Are we deluding ourselves that we know what birth is?”
2014: Model of European Union, Creta 2014. “Panel on Animal Testing”, 22nd-26th October, Heraklion-Greece. Speech: “Ethics and alternatives for animal use in research”


2017: Meier Magistretti C., Topalidou A., Meinecke F., Downe S. Salutogenic midwifery practice in terms of thermal imaging. 12th International Normal Labour and Birth Research Conference,2nd – 4th October, Grange Over Sands, Cumbria, UK.
2017: Topalidou A., Koutserimpas C., Magarakis G., Balalis K., Alpantaki K. Clinical outcomes after osteoporotic vertebral fractures: a prospective study at the University hospital of Crete, Greece. 6th FFN Global Congress, 24th-26th August, Malmo, Sweden.
2017: Downe S., Balaam M.C., Topalidou A., Escuriet R. Catalysing multidisciplinary research, practice, and activism around physiological labour and birth: Lessons from two EU COST Action network programmes. 31st ICM Triennial Congress, 18th – 22nd June, Toronto, Canada.
2016: Topalidou A., Meier Magistretti C. Unsilencing health in maternity care, from international qualitative data to objective physiological measurements: a salutogenic approach and a critical look. Health Promotion Research-An International Forum, 28th – 30th September, Trondheim, Norway.
2016: Topalidou A., Downe S., Christ O. Fetal movements, a viral action with deficient assessment: implications for neurocognitive development suggestions. 21st Biennial Meeting of the International Society of Developmental Neuroscience: From stem cells to behavior in the normal and diseased nervous system, 11th-14th May, Palais des Congres d’ Antibes Juan les Pins, France.

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Research Projects

  • 2017 (£20,000) UCLan Idea Investment Voucher: Thermal imaging application in pregnancy-proof of concept (Co-I)
  • 2017 (£93,824) Innovate UK – Health and Life Sciences: Feasibility of Smart Thermal Analysis Resource (STAR) in Maternity Services (MAT) (Co-I)
  • 2017 (17,000 CHF) Strategic Fund for International Research, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts: Feasibility study of thermal imaging methodology use for complex data management and data analysis in interdisciplinary contexts of health (PI-Fellowship)
  • 2017 North of England Life Sciences Accelerator (NELSA): STAR-MAT level of agreement (Co-I)
  • 2017 QBU (STSM): An analysis of cardiotography (CTG) biosignals by utilising complexity algorithms to quantify, correlate and predict fetal movement (Co-I)
  • 2016 (35,000 CHF) IDS HSLU-SA,TI-Health, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts: Thermal imaging methodology use for complex data management and data analysis in interdisciplinary contexts of health (Co-I)
  • 2016 (10,000 CHF) SBFI-Mitteln, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts: Salutogenic practice in clinical maternity care (Co-I)
  • 2014-2018 EU COST Action IS1405: Building intapartum research through health – an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualizing physiological labour and birth (BIRTH)
    Chair of Working Group 2 Biomechanics and Bioengineering
    Management Committee Member

Former Research Projects (examples)

  • 2016 (1,600 €) EU funded Short Scientific Mission by COST Action IS1405 “Methods of physiological measurement and comparative description of women’s wellbeing in different settings of maternity care” (Personal Grant)
  • 2014 (1,300 €) EU funded Short Scientific Mission by COST Action IS0907 “Pilot study to inform a programme of work on the use of thermography in maternity care research” (Personal Grant)
  • 2013-2014 COST Action IS0907: Childbirth Cultures, Concerns, and Consequences: Creating a dynamic EU framework for optimal maternity care, in communities of Practice and Health.
    Active member of Working Group 5.1 – Knowledge Transfer
  • 2011-2013 Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH), Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM), Greece. Collaborating Researcher in Mobile Health Applications (Participation in 3 research projects).
  • 2010-2013 (21,600 €) Fellowship for Ph.D. (specialising in spine biomechanics) by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.
  • 2007-2009 (7,200 €) Fellowship for M.Sc. (specialising in biomechanics) by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.
  • 2008-2010 a) Construction of a 3-axial accelerometer for foot movement analysis and evaluation, b) Biomechanical evaluation of a balance system for its use in central nervous system diseases.

External Activities

Member of:

  • European Society of Biomechanics
  • Hellenic (Greek) Society of Biomechanics
  • Northern Greece Physical Education Teachers Association (E.G.V.E.)
  • Onassis Foundation, Scholars’ Association.

Editorial board member in International Journal of Prenatal & Life Sciences

Reviewer: a) Case Reports in Clinical Medicine, b) American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, c) International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, d) Infrared Physics and Technology e) Journal of Engineering in Medicine


Research Groups

  • Research in Childbirth and Health Unit (ReaCH).