Imperial College London

Dr Chris Gale

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Reader in Neonatal Medicine



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






I am a Reader 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 improve neonatal care through large, simple clinical trials and observational research. 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).




Gale C, Quigley M, Placzek A, et al., 2020, Characteristics and outcomes of neonatal SARS-CoV-2 infection in the United Kingdom: a prospective national cohort study using active surveillance, The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, ISSN:2352-4642

McLeish J, Alderdice F, Robberts H, et al., 2020, Challenges of a simplified opt-out consent process in a neonatal randomised controlled trial: a qualitative study of parents’ and health professionals’ views and experiences, Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition, ISSN:1359-2998

Ewer AK, Deshpande SA, Gale C, et al., 2020, Potential benefits and harms of universal newborn pulse oximetry screening: response to the UK National Screening Committee public consultation., Arch Dis Child, Vol:105, Pages:1128-1129

Rees P, Stilwell PA, Bolton C, et al., 2020, Childhood health and educational outcomes after neonatal abstinence syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis., The Journal of Pediatrics, Vol:226, ISSN:0022-3476, Pages:149-156.e16

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