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Don Sharkey

Clinical Associate Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences


  • workRoom Academic Child Health, East Block, E Floor University Hospital
    Queen's Medical Centre
    NG7 2UH
  • work0115 823 0602
  • fax0115 823 0626


I am an academic neonatologist with a broad research portfolio. My research focus is in healthcare technology for babies and children. In particular, I am involved with medical device development in the fields of neonatal resuscitation, neonatal monitoring and diagnostics, automated early warning score systems incorporating electronic assessment of capillary refill, and also medical App development. My other main research focus related to inter-hospital transport of neonatal patients and the stress, vibration, noise and safety aspects of this.

I am the lead clinical investigator on a number of healthcare technolgy studies including HeartLight (newborn resuscitation), DoppCord (newborn transition at the point of cord clamping), Preterm infant transport stress (PremiTranS) study, Gestational assessment tool (GestATion Study), Neonatal perfusion monitoring using laser speckle imaging (NeoPerf) and paediatric continuous early warning system (PRefill Study).

In addition to these, my team are involved in developing models for neonatal transport stress and utility of near infra-red spectroscopy in a variety of neonatal settings.

Teaching Summary

Module lead for Undergraduate Child Health 2010-2013

Research Summary

Neonatal Resuscitation and monitoring

Developing better ways of monitoring newborns at in the delivery room. Current studies include:

HeartLight and PulseS Studies (Current 2015-2017 Innovate UK £1,410,000, previous 2008-2010 Action Medical Research £115,000, 2010-2013 MRC DPFS £300,000)

DoppCord Study - optomising the timing of delayed cord clamping

NeoRate App - clinical training App for newborn resuscitation

Medical device development

Development of an automated capillary refill device - PRefill Study (2011 Nottingham Hospitals Charity £9500, 2013-2015 MRC DPFS £401,000, EPSRC 2015 £39,000)

HeartLight (see above)

Development of a Neonatal oxygen monitoring system (2014- Nottingham Hospitals Charity £9700)

Neonatal inter-hospital transport

PremiTranS Study - feasibility study for neonatal transport studies (2013- Nottingham Hospitals Charity £11,500)

NeoCapsule - development of a new prototype mattress and restraining study (2015-16 MRC CiC £57,000, 2016 MRC P2D £14,000)

Development of the next generation neonatal transport incubator (2016-2018 NIHR i4i £872,000)

Assessment of Gestational Age

Developing a Clinical App to estimate gestational age (the GesTAtion Study, 2014-2016 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation $100,000)

Fetal Programming

The impact of maternal diet on later outcomes in the offspring (2006-2008 BHF Clinical Fellowship £99,000)

Newer ways of monitoring Brown Adipose Tissue in babies and children (MRC DTG studentship 2014-2017 £45,000)

Respiratory viral infections in neonatal patients

Exploring the impact of viral respiratory infections in the NICU and later respiratory morbidity into childhood

Clinical Senior Lectureship (2011-2016 HEFCE £250,000)

Selected Publications

Future Research

Use of National Datasets (primary and secondary care) to study short and long-term neonatal outcomes

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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