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). 



Duhig KE, Myers JE, Gale C, et al., 2021, Placental growth factor measurements in the assessment of women with suspected preeclampsia: a stratified analysis of the PARROT trial, Pregnancy Hypertension, Vol:23, ISSN:2210-7789, Pages:41-47

Rees P, Carter B, Gale C, et al., 2021, The cost of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: an economic analysis of English national data held in the National Neonatal Research Database, Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition, ISSN:1359-2998

Nimish S, Jawad S, Ougham K, et al., 2021, Increasing use of inhaled nitric oxide in neonatal intensive care units in England: a retrospective population study, Bmj Paediatrics Open, ISSN:2399-9772

Deja E, Roper L, Tume LN, et al., 2021, Can they stomach it? Parent and practitioner acceptability of a trial comparing gastric residual volume measurement versus no gastric residual volume in UK NNU and PICUs: a feasibility study., Pilot Feasibility Stud, Vol:7, ISSN:2055-5784

Hage L, Jeyakumaran D, Dorling J, et al., 2021, Changing clinical characteristics of infants treated for hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy in England, Wales and Scotland: a population-based study using the National Neonatal Research Database., Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition, ISSN:1359-2998

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