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Vaneesha completed her undergraduate degree in Physiology at the University of Bristol in 2011, followed by a masters degree in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health in 2012. Vaneesha then went on to do a PhD investigating perioperative nutrition practices, also at the University of Bristol, with the Bristol Biomedical Research Unit in Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle. During her PhD, Vaneesha conducted a qualitative study exploring patient experiences of perioperative nutrition, led a Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis of the use of chewing gum for postoperative recovery of gastrointestinal function, and designed and conducting an observational study exploring predictors and outcomes of early resumption of postoperative diet.

In 2016 Vaneesha joined the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit as a Trial Manager for the Minidex and Poppi trials. These were randomised-controlled clinical trials of investigational medicinal products in a premature neonatal population. Minidex explored the use of very low dexamethasone for the prevention of bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and Poppi investigated the efficacy and safety of morphine for procedural pain in babies undergoing a retinopathy of prematurity screen and heel lance (blood test). Both trials have now ended. In 2018, Vaneesha joined the Pardiatric Neuroimaging group as Clinical Research Director, to use her skills in research management and knowledge of neonatal clinical trials to enhance the group's research activity and future direction.

Vaneesha Monk


Clinical Research Director

Vaneesha provides a leadership role within the Paediatric Neuroimaging research group, and general oversight and management of the group’s research activities. She is responsible for the group's research governance, provides guidance to the group about research governance and conduct, is responsible for the coordination of multiple projects, and is involved in developing the future direction of the research group. Vaneesha plays a central role in liaising with funding bodies and project stakeholders, and she is responsible for ensuring that targets are met, research projects are designed well and conducted to a high quality, DPhil supervision, and staff recruitment and management. Vaneesha also leads the operational development and growth of the research group, and liaises with the charity Support for the Sick Newborn and their Parents (SSNAP) regarding PPI with the research group’s activities