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). 



Hayes R, Hartnett J, Semova G, et al., 2021, Neonatal sepsis definitions from randomised clinical trials, Pediatric Research, ISSN:0031-3998

Greenbury SF, Angelini ED, Ougham K, et al., 2021, Birthweight and patterns of postnatal weight gain in very and extremely preterm babies in England and Wales, 2008-19: a cohort study, The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, Vol:5, ISSN:2352-4642, Pages:719-728

Webbe J, Longford N, Battersby C, et al., 2021, Outcomes in relation to early parenteral nutrition use in preterm neonates born between 30 and 33 weeks gestation: a propensity score matched observational study, Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition, ISSN:1359-2998

Li Y, kurinczuk JJ, Gale C, et al., 2021, Evidence of disparities in the provision of the maternal postpartum six week check in primary care in England, 2015- 2018: an observational study using the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, ISSN:0143-005X

Imran M, McCord K, McCall SJ, et al., 2021, Reporting transparency and completeness in trials: trials conducted using administrative databases do not adequately report elements related to use of databases, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, ISSN:0895-4356

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