Imperial College London

Dr Peter J Lally

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

BRC MR Physics Fellow







Burlington DanesHammersmith Campus





Pete Lally is a Magnetic Resonance (MR) Physics Fellow at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Imperial Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

He obtained his PhD at Imperial College London, developing MR spectroscopy techniques for application in the neonatal brain in the initial weeks following perinatal hypoxic-ischaemic injury. He has successfully applied these to several multi-centre international clinical trials, with these acting as powerful and rapid surrogate outcome measures.

His research focuses on the development of novel MR techniques to gain insight into the brain, and to quantify the effects of pathological change.



Montaldo P, Lally P, Oliveira V, et al., 2019, Therapeutic hypothermia initiated within 6 hours of birth is associated with reduced brain injury on MR biomarkers in mild hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy: a non-randomised cohort study, Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition, Vol:104, ISSN:1359-2998, Pages:F515-F520

Montaldo P, Swamy R, Bassett P, et al., 2019, Pitfalls in using neonatal brain NAA to predict infant development reply, Lancet Neurology, Vol:18, ISSN:1474-4422, Pages:423-424

Thayyil S, Liow N, Montaldo P, et al., 2019, Pre-emptive morphine during therapeutic hypothermia after neonatal encephalopathy: a secondary analysis, Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management, ISSN:2153-7658

Lally PJ, Montaldo P, Oliveira V, et al., 2019, Magnetic resonance spectroscopy assessment of brain injury after moderate hypothermia in neonatal encephalopathy: a prospective multi-centre study, Lancet Neurology, Vol:18, ISSN:1474-4422, Pages:35-45

Montaldo P, Kaforou M, Pollara G, et al., 2019, Whole blood gene expression reveals specific transcriptome changes in neonatal encephalopathy, Neonatology, Vol:115, ISSN:1661-7800, Pages:68-76

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