Imperial College London

Dr Chris Gale

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Professor of Neonatal Medicine



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






Chris Gale is a Reader in Neonatal Medicine, and works clinically as an honorary consultant neonatologist at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust.  His research focus is neonatal population health - improving neonatal care through large simple clinical trials, observational research and population-level surveillance. 

A central aspect of this work is meaningful parent and patient involvement in neonatal research. Other research interests include better understanding how prematurity and other early life factors influence health throughout later life, and efficiently disseminating clinical research findings to ensure evidence based neonatal care.

He studied Medicine at the University of Newcastle and undertook paediatric training in Sydney and London. He gained an MSc in Clinical Paediatrics at the UCL Institute of Child Health and his thesis examined neonatal and perinatal transfers. His PhD at Imperial College London examined the influence of infant feeding on adiposity, hepatic lipid and metabolic phenotype.

He is a Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinician Scientist. This work focuses on developing large, simple clinical trials that use routinely collected electronic health record data held by the National Neonatal Research Database (NNRD).  He has previously been supported by the National Institute of Health Research as an NIHR Clinical Lecturer (2013-2015) and an NIHR Clinical Trials Fellow (2015-2016). 



Sturrock S, Ali S, Gale C, et al., 2023, Neonatal outcomes and indirect consequences following maternal SARS-CoV-2 infection in pregnancy: a systematic review, Bmj Open, Vol:13, ISSN:2044-6055, Pages:1-8

Ali S, Mactier H, Morelli A, et al., 2023, Neonatal outcomes of maternal SARS-CoV-2 infection in the UK: a prospective cohort study using active surveillance, Pediatric Research, ISSN:0031-3998

Prior E, Uthaya S, Gale C, 2023, Measuring body composition in children: research and practice, Archives of Disease in Childhood, ISSN:0003-9888

Goulding A, McQuaid F, Lindsay L, et al., 2023, Confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection in Scottish neonates 2020-2022: a national, population-based cohort study, Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition, ISSN:1359-2998

Smith ER, Oakley E, Grandner GW, et al., 2023, Clinical risk factors of adverse outcomes among women with COVID-19 in the pregnancy and postpartum period: A sequential, prospective meta-analysis, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol:228, ISSN:0002-9378, Pages:161-177

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