Clinical Partners

Our progress to date has been made possible through strong international collaborations with university teaching hospitals, AI research institutions and government. We are always engaging with potential partners as we continue to grow.

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McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)

Located in the heart of Montreal, Canada the McGill University Health Center (MUHC) is one of the primary sites for the Ubenwa Clinical Studies. We are recruiting from two hospitals within the MUHC: the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Montreal Children’s Hospital . The Royal Victoria Hospital has around 4,000 deliveries per year from which we will recruit our normal, healthy newborns. The Montreal Children’s Hospital is home to a Level III 52-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) that admits 900 patients per year, of which we will be recruiting the 80 patients per year that are referred for evaluation of perinatal asphyxia. Study was approved by the Research Ethics Board of MUHC and is led by 2 neonatologists with experience in clinical research.

Dr Guilherme Sant’Anna, MD, PhD

Neonatologist

Principal Investigator

Dr Wissam Shalish, MD

Neonatologist

Jennifer Gardner

Research Coordinator

Dr Wijdan Basfar, MD

Resident, Neonatology

Dr Adnan Al Ali, MD

Resident, Neonatology


Enugu State University Teaching Hospital (ESUTH)

The Enugu State University Teaching Hospital (ESUTH) is one of the primary sites for the Ubenwa Clinical Studies. ESUTH is one of the largest university health centres in south-east Nigeria. The maternity ward has around 3,500 deliveries every year. It has a well-equipped Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) that admits up to 500 patients per year. At ESUTH, we will be recruiting about 1500 newborns from the normal nursery, and 200 affected by perinatal asphyxia from the NICU. Study was approved by the Research Ethics Board of ESUTH and is led by a neonatologist and consultant paediatrician with a strong record in perinatal research.

Dr Uchenna Ekwochi, MD

Consultant Paediatrician

Principal Investigator

Dr Nonso Iheji, MD

Senior resident, neonatology

Dr Ogonna Nwankwo, MD

Senior resident, neonatology

Dr Nonye Duke, MD

Senior resident, neonatology

Dr Chieso Nzeduba, MD

Senior resident, neonatology


District 3 Innovation Centre

Provided incubation, office space, social venture coaching, legal advice and a family of like-minded dreamers.


Québec Ministry for Economy and Innovation

Awarded Ubenwa our first ever seed grant of $25,000.


Mila - Québec Artificial Intelligence Institute

Provides Ubenwa with office space, access to compute power, and research collaborations.