Monitoring and Simulation in Perinatal Care (MSPC) GROUP
Group Coordinator: Diogo Ayres de Campos
The MSPC group aims to contribute to the improvement of perinatal care, by increasing the objectivity of fetal monitoring and by developing new simulators and training programmes to increase professional experience in this area. The ultimate objective of the group is to reduce perinatal mortality and morbidity. The group currently integrates two research teams:
Computer analysis of the fetal heart rate (team leader: João Bernardes)
This team works in collaboration with the School of Medicine at the University of Porto and with the S. João Hospital in Porto, to develop and evaluate computer analysis of fetal heart rate signals. Research started in 1987, with the creation of the “Porto System” for computer analysis of fetal heart rate signals. A clinical version with real-time alerts was developed in 2002 and commercialised in 2006 by Speculum Artigos Médicos Lda. (Lisbon, Portugal) under the name Omniview-SisPorto®. Additional information on the group’s activities can be obtained at http://sisporto.med.up.pt and on the commercial product at http://www.omniview.eu/.
Modelling and simulation (team leader: Willem van Meurs)
This team specialises on the development of mathematical models of human physiology and educational curricula for simulation-based medical training in the perinatal area. It is currently developing a novel high-fidelity delivery simulator and training programme, in association with CEA Healthcare (Sarasota, USA).