Professor Draper’s research focuses on the health and well-being of babies and children. Her expertise includes the use of population data to improve quality of life following preterm birth, identifying best practice for paediatric intensive care and improving pregnancy outcomes through perinatal surveillance.
Professor Draper is currently investigator on a number of projects that are monitoring and providing insight into the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on pregnancy outcomes and the impact on neonatal and paediatric intensive care.
She leads the national perinatal surveillance and enquiries for MBRRACE-UK (Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK), which is monitoring COVID-19 perinatal outcomes for the UK.
Professor Draper also jointly leads the national paediatric intensive care audit network, PICANet, which is carrying out daily reporting to NHS organisations of newly confirmed cases of children with COVID-19 admitted to paediatric intensive care. The network has developed a customised audit evaluating the symptoms, testing and treatment for paediatric cases.
She is also collaborating on a study which seeks to understand and inform neonatal care in COVID-19 for the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit (BPSU).
Johnson S, Seaton SE, Manktelow BN, Smith LK, Field D, Draper ES, Marlow N, Boyle EM. Telephone interviews and online questionnaires can be used to improve neurodevelopmental follow-up rates. BMC Research Notes 2014;7:219.
Smith LK, Manktelow BN, Draper ES, Boyle EM, Johnson SJ, Field DJ. Trends in the incidence and mortality of multiple births by socioeconomic deprivation and maternal age in England: population-based cohort study. BMJ Open 2014;4(4):e004514-e004514.
Smith LK, Draper ES, Field D. Long-term outcome for the tiniest or most immature babies: survival rates. Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine 2014;19(2):72-77
Smith L, Draper ES, Manktelow BN, Pritchard C, Field DJ. Comparing regional infant death rates: the influence of preterm births < 24 weeks of gestation. Archives of Disease in Childhood-Fetal and Neonatal Edition 2013;98(2):F103-F107.
Seaton SE, King S, Manktelow BN, Draper ES, Field DJ. Babies born at the threshold of viability: changes in survival and workload over 20 years. Archives of Disease in Childhood-Fetal and Neonatal Edition 2013;98(1):F15-F20.
Bonet M, Smith LK, Pilkington H, Draper ES, Zeitlin J. Neighbourhood deprivation and very preterm birth in an English and French cohort. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013;13:97.
Alati R, Smith GD, Lewis SJ, Sayal K, Draper ES, Golding J, Fraser R, Gray R. Effect of prenatal alcohol exposure on childhood academic outcomes: contrasting maternal and paternal associations in the ALSPAC Study. PLOS One 2013;8(10):e74844.
Seaton SE, Field DJ, Draper ES, Manktelow BN, Smith GCS, Springett A, Smith LK. Socioeconomic inequalities in the rate of stillbirths by cause: a population-based study. BMJ Open 2012;2(3):e001100.
Schuit E, Hukkelhoven C, Manktelow BN, Papatsonis DNM, de Kleine MJK, Draper ES, Steyerberg EW, Vergouwe Y. Prognostic models for stillbirth and neonatal death in very preterm birth: a validation study. Pediatrics 2012;129(1):E120-E127.
Howe DT, Rankin J, Draper ES. Schizencephaly prevalence, prenatal diagnosis and clues to etiology: a register-based study. Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology 2012;39(1):75-82.