I am a Consultant Neonatologist with a special interest in brain injury in babies. I was Lecturer in Paediatrics, University of Cambridge 1985-1987, and held a Consultant appointment in Cambridge until 1995. Whilst in Cambridge I was also Director of Medical Studies at Girton College. I held an appointment as Consultant in Neonatal Medicine at King’s College Hospital in London from 1995-2004. I now hold a similar post at University College London Hospitals where I was Clinical Lead in Neonatology. I have contributed chapters to the major British textbook of paediatrics and many other books, and co-authored “Manual of Neonatal Intensive Care 4th Edition” with Dr NRC Roberton. The 5th Edition (written with Dr Giles Kendall) was published in 2013. I am the editor of “Rennie & Roberton’s Textbook of Neonatology 5th Edition” (Highly Commended in the BMA Book Prize 2013), and was the Editor of the 3rd and 4th editions. I was the sole author of “Neonatal Cranial Ultrasound”, and co-author of the updated version entitled “Neonatal cerebral investigation” (highly commended in the BMA Book Prize 2009 and by Doody’s Book Reviews).
I have been involved in research into neonatal brain injury throughout my career, and have published many papers on this topic. Our group currently holds a Wellcome technology transfer grant, for work on automated seizure detection, and I am a co-investigator in a European study (FP-7) of antiepileptic drug treatment of neonatal seizures. I was on the board of the Archives of Disease in Childhood for ten years and served on the national executive committee of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine for a similar length of time. I currently serve on the board of the Mac Keith Press. I was the Chair of the RCPCH Specialist Advisory Committee, responsible for setting standards regarding training in neonatal medicine in the UK, from 2002 to 2005, having been on the committee since 1997. I have advised CESDI, and RCOG-led advisory groups on “Safer Childbirth” and “Standards for Maternity Care”. I was Chair of the NICE guideline development group on neonatal jaundice 2007-10. I am a member of the Neonatal Society (I was the secretary), and the Royal Society of Medicine.