Imperial College London

Dr Chris Gale

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Medicine

Clinical Senior Lecturer in Neonatal Medicine



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Academic Neonatal Medicine, H4.4,Chelsea and Westminster HospitalChelsea and Westminster Campus






I am a Senior Lecturer in Neonatal Medicine and honorary consultant neonatologist at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust.  My primary research interest is using routinely collected electronic health record data to develop large, simple clinical trials. A central aspect of this work is increasing parent and patient involvement in neonatal research. My other interests include better understanding how prematurity and early life nutrition influence adult health and better applying evidence based practice to neonatal care.


I initially studied Medicine at the University of Newcastle, graduating in 2002.  I undertook my paediatric training in Sydney and London and gained membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2006.  I completed a MSc in Clinical Paediatrics at the Institute of Child Health, University College London, in 2010; my thesis examined neonatal and perinatal transfers. My PhD at Imperial College London examined the influence of infant feeding on adiposity, hepatic lipid and metabolic phenotype.


I am currently supported by a Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinician Scientist Fellowship to develop large, simple clinical trials that use routinely collected electronic health record data held by the National Neonatal Research Database (NNRD).  I have been supported by the National Institute of Health Research as an NIHR Clinical Lecturer (2013-2015) and an NIHR Clinical Trials Fellow (2015-2016).




Battersby C, Longford N, Patel M, et al., Study Protocol: Optimising newborn nutrition during and after neonatal therapeutic hypothermia in the United Kingdom: Observational study of routinely collected data using propensity matching, Bmj Open, ISSN:2044-6055

Gale CRK, Protocol for the development of a CONSORT extension for RCTs using cohort and routinely collected health data, Res Integr Peer Rev

Gale CRK, Time to move on from early cord clamping in preterm infants, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ISSN:0002-9378

Ojha S, Dorling J, Battersby C, et al., Optimising nutrition during therapeutic hypothermia, Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition, ISSN:1359-2998

Webbe J, Brunton G, Ali S, et al., Parent, patient and clinician perceptions of outcomes during and following neonatal care: a systematic review of qualitative research, Bmj Paediatrics Open, ISSN:2399-9772

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