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






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). 



Mitchell EJ, Meakin G, Anderson J, et al., 2022, The FEED1 trial: protocol for a randomised controlled trial of full milk feeds versus intravenous fluids with gradual feeding for preterm infants (30–33 weeks gestational age), Trials, Vol:23, ISSN:1745-6215, Pages:1-12

Webbe J, Battersby C, Longford N, et al., 2022, Use of parenteral nutrition in the first postnatal week in England and Wales: An observational study using real-world data, Bmj Paediatrics Open, ISSN:2399-9772

Smith ER, Oakley E, He S, et al., 2022, Protocol for a sequential, prospective meta-analysis to describe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the pregnancy and postpartum periods, Plos One, Vol:17, ISSN:1932-6203

Greenbury SF, Angelini DE, Ougham K, et al., 2022, Post-natal growth of very preterm neonates, Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, Vol:6, ISSN:2352-4642, Pages:E11-E11

Vousden N, Ramakrishnan R, Bunch K, et al., 2022, Management and implications of severe COVID-19 in pregnancy in the UK: data from the UK Obstetric Surveillance System national cohort, Acta Obstetricia Et Gynecologica Scandinavica, Vol:101, ISSN:0001-6349

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