Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Medicine

Professor of Neonatal Medicine



+44 (0)20 3315 5102n.modi




Ms Surbhi Shah +44 (0)20 3315 5101




G4.2 ()Chelsea and Westminster HospitalChelsea and Westminster Campus





Clinical Research

Professor Modi is the academic lead for neonatal medicine in the Department of Medicine, Imperial College London. She heads a multidisciplinary team conducting multicentre randomised controlled trials, experimental medicine studies and health services research. Her research addresses the clinical care of newborn babies and the impact of perinatal influences upon long-term health.  Her studies of intravenous sodium requirements in sick preterm babies have altered clinical practice and entered into international textbooks of newborn medicine.

She showed that respiratory morbidity in particular oxygen dependency, is reduced by tailoring supplementation to the rate of postnatal adaptation through the promoting contraction of the extracellular compartment, a component of normal postnatal adaptation compromised in sick babies. More recently, using in-vivo hepatic spectroscopy and whole body imaging, she showed that preterm babies have altered body composition and are vulnerable to excess hepatic lipid deposition that appears to persist into adult life, providing insight into biological mechanisms of long-term disease risk following preterm birth.  


Health Services Research

In 2007 Professor Modi led the establishment of the Neonatal Data Analysis Unit, and in 2012, the UK Neonatal Collaborative. She holds NHS Trust approvals from members of the Collaborative to receive and analyse clinical data captured at the point of care from neonatal units nationally, and Research Ethics Committee and National Information Governance Board approvals to create a National Neonatal Research Database from these records. This is an internationally unique, national resource to facilitate clinical and health services research, analyse outcomes and support management. It is currently used to support the National Neonatal Audit Programme, other health services evaluations and quality improvement programmes, and a number of research projects.

Research group

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Current PhD students:

Hilary S Wong

Cheryl Battersby

Karen Logan

Shalini Santhakumaran

Nick Andreas

Fran Jackson

Natalia Przysiezna


Research  staff are:  

Eugene Statnikov (Data analyst)

Nicola Leckeny (Data analyst)

Daniel Gray (Data analyst)

Ahmadur Rahman (Data architect)

Karyn Chapell (Research radiographer)

Suzan Jeffries (Research midwife)

Richard Colquhoun (Research manager)


Post docs are:

Nicola Fitz-Simon (statistician)

Mathew Hyde

Jim Parkinson


Clinical Lecturer:

Chris Gale

Guest Lectures

The 2011 Beryl Corner Memorial Lecture, University of Bristol, 2011

The development of renal function, European Dialysis and Transplant Association, Annual Meeting, 1997

Neonatal nutrition, Turkish National Neonatal Congress, 1997

Improving outcomes after preterm birth, Chinese Medical Association, 1998

Risks and benefits of haemopoietic growth factors, UK Hot topics in Neonatology, 2002

Preliminary evidence for diffuse preterm white matter injury as a consequence of infection remote from the brain, Westmead Hospital Lecture Series, Sydney, Australia, 2003

Assisted reproduction, multiple births and neonatal intensive care – a difficult ethical issue, The Royal Society of Medicine, 2002

Donor breastmilk and the preterm infant, United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking, 2003

Adipose Tissue distribution in the preterm neonate, 10th NovoNordisk Growth Workshop, 2003

Renal, water and electrolyte disturbances, Ipokrates Seminar – Curriculum of Excellence in Neonatology, Innsbruck, 2004

Longitudinal assessment of body composition in infants, 15th International Symposium on Growth Hormone and Endocrinology, 2004

Haemopoietic growth factors in newborn babies, National Congress of the Portuguese Society of Paediatrics, 2001

Promising therapies for neonatal sepsis, Annual Meeting of the Italian Neonatal Association, Florence, Italy, 2001

Reducing neonatal stress during intensive care, University of Miami, 1996

Management of fluid balance in the preterm neonate, University of Istanbul, 1993

Renal function and fluid balance, National Neonatatology Forum of India, 1995

Research Staff