Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Medicine

Clinical Reader in Neonatology



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529Hammersmith HouseHammersmith Campus





Sudhin Thayyil is head of the Weston group (Academic Neonatology) and Director of the Centre for Perinatal Neuroscience at Imperial College London. He is an NIHR Clinician Scientist (2011 to 2016).

He was previously a senior clinical lecturer and consultant neonatologist at University College London, and was the lead for magnetic resonance biomarker group (2011 to 2013).


1998: MD, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New-Delhi

1999: Membership of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London

1999: Diploma in Child Health, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

2010: Certificate of Completion of Training – Paediatrics, PMETB, UK

2010: Certificate of Sub-specialty Training – Neonatal Medicine, PMETB, UK

2010: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (2007 to 2010), University College London

2011: Fellowship of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London


We use quantitative MR biomarkers to understand perinatal brain injury, and to evaluate novel therapies for reducing brain injury related to problems around the time of birth. We have a dedicated neonatal MR (3 Tesla) suite inside our neonatal unit, which enables serial MR imaging of critically unwell and premature babies. We have a strong interest in global perinatal health, particularly in reducing the burden of neurodisability related to perinatal brain injury.



Oliveira V, Kumutha JR, E N, et al., 2018, Hypothermia for encephalopathy in low-income and middle-income countries: feasibility of whole-body cooling using a low-cost servo-controlled device., Bmj Paediatr Open, Vol:2

Thayyil S, Shankaran S, 2018, Current Status of Therapeutic Hypothermia in India: Few Concerns: Authors' Reply., Indian Pediatr, Vol:55, Pages:347-348

Thayyil S, 2018, Cooling Therapy for Neonatal Encephalopathy in Low- and Middle-income Countries., Indian Pediatrics, Vol:55, ISSN:0019-6061, Pages:197-198

Munroe PB, Addison S, Abrams DJ, et al., 2018, Postmortem Genetic Testing for Cardiac Ion Channelopathies in Stillbirths, Circulation-cardiovascular Genetics, Vol:11, ISSN:1942-325X

Prempunpong C, Chalak LF, Garfinkle J, et al., 2018, Prospective research on infants with mild encephalopathy: the PRIME study, Journal of Perinatology, Vol:38, ISSN:0743-8346, Pages:80-85

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