Professional background

  • MBBS London 1987
  • PhD London (Medical Physics) 1982
  • Senior personal Tutor UCLMS and honorary Associate professor UCL
  • Tutor for Newborns Vietnam


Research interests

  • Development of pain and sensory processing in the newborn
  • Smartphone app for measuring neonatal jaundice
  • Neuroprotection


Selected Publications:

Slater R, Cantarella A, Worley A, Boyd S, Meek J, Fitzgerald M. (2006). Cortical Responses to Noxious Stimulation in Preterm Infants. J. Neuroscience 26:3662-3666

Slater, R., Fabrizi, L., Worley, A., Meek, J., Boyd, S., Fitzgerald, M. (2010). Premature infants display increased noxious-evoked neuronal activity in the brain compared to healthy age-matched term-born infants. Neuroimage.

Slater, R., Cornelissen, L., Fabrizi, L., Patten, D., Yoxen, J., Worley, A., Boyd, S., Meek, J., Fitzgerald, M. (2010). Oral sucrose as an analgesic drug for procedural pain in newborn infants: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet 376(9748), 1225-1232

Fabrizi L, Slater R, Worley A, Meek J, Boyd S, Olhede S, Fitzgerald M. A shift in sensory processing that enables the developing human brain to discriminate touch from pain. Curr Biol. 2011 Sep 27;21(18):1552-8.

Meek JK, Huertas A. (2012) Systematic review: Cochrane review: non-nutritive sucking, kangaroo care and swaddling/facilitated tucking are observed to reduce procedural pain in infants and young children. Evid Based Nurs ebnurs-2011-100453

Co-author of Chapter on Neonatal Analgesia, Roberton’s textbook of Neonatology (2012)

Williams G, et al. (2014) Functional magnetic resonance imaging can be used to explore tactile and nociceptive processing in the infant brain. Acta Paediatrica.

Verriotis, M; Fabrizi, L; Lee, A; Ledwidge, Sl; Meek, J; Fitzgerald, M. (2015). Cortical activity evoked by innoculation needle prick in infants up to one year old. Pain 156 (2); 222-230

Jones L, Fabrizi L, Laudiano-Dray M, Whitehead K, Meek J,Verriotis M, Fitzgerald M. (2017) Nociceptive cortical activity is dissociated from nociceptive behaviour in newborn infants under stress. Current Biology; 27, 1–6

Jones, L., Laudiano-Dray, P., Whitehead, K., Verriotis, M., Meek, J., Fabrizi, L., & Fitzgerald, M. (2018). EEG, behavioural, and physiological responses to a painful procedure in human neonates with full medical history - data. figshare. doi: 10.6084/m9.figshare.5777805

Laudiano-Dray, MP., Iyer, R., Jones, L., Whitehead, K., Fitzgerald, M. Fabrizi, L., & Meek, J. (2018). A novel neonatal procedural pain index derived from adult self-report. figshare. doi: 10.6084/m9.figshare.5798922

Verriotis, M., Jones, L., Whitehead, K., Laudiano-Dray, P., Panayotidis, I., Patel, H., Meek, J., Fabrizi, L., & Fitzgerald, M. (2018). The distribution of pain activity across the human neonatal brain is sex dependent. figshare. doi: 10.6084/m9.figshare.5799042

Whitehead K, Jones L, Dray P, Meek J,Fabrizi L.Full 10-20 EEG application in hospitalised infants is not associated with an increase in stress hormone levels.Doi:10.1016/j.cnp.2017.12.002.Clinical Neurophysiology Practice. May 2018

Bale G et al. Oxygen dependency of mitochondrial metabolism indicates outcome of newborn brain injury. May 2018. Journal of cerebral blood flow and metabolism.Doi:10.1177/0271678x1877792

Leung T S, Outlaw F, MacDonald L W, Meek J. Jaundice Eye Color Index (JECI):quantifying the yellowness of the sclera in jaundiced neonates with digital photography. 2019. Biomedical Optics Express;10,3:1250-1256.

Subhabrata Mitra, Gemma Bale, David Highton, Roxanna Gunny, Cristina Uria-Avellanal, Alan Bainbridge, Magdalena Sokolska, David Price, Angela Huertas-Ceballos, Giles S Kendall, Judith Meek, Ilias Tachtsidis, Nicola J Robertson. 2019. Pressure passivity of cerebral mitochondrial metabolism is associated with poor outcome following perinatal hypoxic ischemic brain injury. J Cerebr Blood Flow Metab: 39 pages 118-130

Whitehead K, Jones L, Laudiano-Dray M,Meek J and Fabrizi L. (2019). Altered cortical processing of somatosensory input in pre-term infants who had high-grade germinal matrix-intraventricular haemorrhage. NeuroImage Clinical, 102095. Doi:10.1016/j.nicl.2019.102095

Maria Pureza Laudiano-Dray; Rebecca R. Pillai Riddell,. Laura Jones,.; Rajeshwari Iyer.; Kimberley Whitehead; Maria Fitzgerald, Lorenzo Fabrizi Judith Meek. (2020) Quantification of neonatal procedural pain severity: a platform for estimating total pain burden in individual infants. ID: PAIN-D-19-00896R1.

Felix Outlaw, Miranda Nixon, Oluwatobiloba Odeyemi, Lindsay W. MacDonald, Judith Meek, Terence S. Leung. (2020) Smartphone screening for neonatal jaundice via ambient-subtracted sclera chromaticity. PLOS1. PONE-D-19-11682R1

Laura Jones, Maria Pureza Laudiano-Dray, Kimberley Whitehead, Judith Meek, Maria Fitzgerald, Lorenzo Fabrizi and Rebecca Pillai Riddell. The impact of parental contact upon cortical noxious-related activity in human neonates.September 2020. European journal of pain (London, England) 25(4).

Nana Ayegua, Hagan Seneadza, Genevieve Insaidoo, Hilda Boye, Mary Ani-Amponsah, Terence S Leung, Judith Meek and Christabel Enweronu-Laryea. Neonatal jaundice in Ghanaian children: Assessing maternal knowledge, attitude, and perceptions. March 2022.PLoS ONE 17(3):e0264694 DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0264694