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). 



NIck L, Ducey J, Kennedy A, et al., 2021, TIMING OF NEONATAL STOMA CLOSURE: A SURVEY OF HEALTH PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVES AND CURRENT PRACTICE, Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition, ISSN:1359-2998

Gale C, Jeyakumaran D, Battersby C, et al., 2021, Nutritional management in newborn babies receiving therapeutic hypothermia: two retrospective observational studies using propensity score matching, Health Technology Assessment, Vol:25, ISSN:1366-5278, Pages:1-106

Gale C, Longford NT, Jeyakumaran D, et al., 2021, Feeding during neonatal therapeutic hypothermia, assessed using routinely collected National Neonatal Research Database data: a retrospective, UK population-based cohort study, The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, Vol:5, ISSN:2352-4642, Pages:408-416

Gale C, Jeyakumaran D, Longford N, et al., 2021, Administration of parenteral nutrition during therapeutic hypothermia: a population level observational study using routinely collected data held in the National Neonatal Research Database, Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition, ISSN:1359-2998

Vousden N, Bunch K, Morris E, et al., 2021, The incidence, characteristics and outcomes of pregnant women hospitalized with symptomatic and asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection in the UK from March to September 2020: A national cohort study using the UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS), Plos One, Vol:16, ISSN:1932-6203

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