Luke Eckersley


My research focusses on 1) fetal and neonatal cardiology, and 2) innovative imaging solutions. Our research projects in these areas cover a broad scope of techniques and questions. In fetal and neonatal cardiology, we use advanced cardiac imaging in animal models and human fetuses to better understand the development of the fetal heart in health and in a range of diseases. We explore the transition from the fetal circulation to the neonatal circulation in babies with severe congenital heart disease using echocardiography, MRI and Near-Infrared Spectroscopy. We also look at the population level factors, such as location of residence and socioeconomic factors which affect the rate and timing of fetal diagnosis of congenital heart disease, and the impact of a delayed diagnosis on outcomes. Our research under the heading of Innovations in Imaging include the use of hand-held echocardiography in fetal screening for higher risk pregnancies, validation of the use of magnetic localizers on echocardiography probes to create a virtual 3D model of the heart, and creation of normal datasets for cardiac chambers using more novel and accurate techniques such as 3D echocardiography.