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Prof Neil Marlow
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  • Emeritus Professor
  • Neonatology
  • UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Neil Marlow is Emeritus Professor of Neonatal Medicine at University College London. He retired in November 2020.  He took up this appointment at UCL following 11 years as Professor of Neonatal Medicine at Nottingham and 7 years as Senior Lecturer in Bristol.  He was an Honorary Consultant in the University College Hospital Neonatal Service until 2019.  

His major academic interests have been in long-term outcomes following prematurity and he is the Director of the MRC-funded EPICure studies. He runs a series of local studies into brain and cognitive development following very preterm birth and is a co-investigator on a range of mainly UK based cohort and randomised studies. Neil has been President of the British Association for Perinatal Medicine, Interim Director of the UCL Institute for Women’s Health, President of the European Society for Paediatric Research and Chair of two European Academy of Paediatric Societies Meetings.  

Neil was appointed Chair of the NHS England Neonatal Critical Care Clinical Reference Group from 2013 to 2020, he led the NHS England Specialised Commissioning Neonatal Critical Care Review and was co-chair of the Neonatal Implementation Board until July 2020. He has contributed to national policy in the future development of Neonatal Critical Care as part of the NHS Long Term Plan and supported the development of professional policy, particularly over the care given to extremely immature infants. 

Neil was elected  Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2007 and is an Honorary Life Friend of Bliss, the UK-based charity for premature babies. He is a member of the executive board of the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants. He is an Emeritus Senior Investigator for NIHR and has been awarded Honorary Membership of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine and the Neonatal Society. He was the first recipient of the Bliss Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.

Research Summary

Neonatal Medicine

Developmental and long term outcomes following perinatal adversity

Neil is involved in a range of studies at UCL and in collaboration with other UK and international Universities; current and recent grants include:

  • Marlow N (CI), Shaw C, Aladangady N, Gallagher K, Drew P Parents and Neonatal Decisions Sands 2018 
  • Marlow N (CI) The EPICure Studies MRC Programme Grant 2005-2018
  • Johnson S (PI), Marlow N, Linsell L, Brocklehurst P, Wolke D Validation of the PARCA-r Action Medical Research 2018 
  • Samara M (CI), Marlow N et al Prematurity in Qatar.  Qatar National Fund 2015-18 and 2019-21 
  • Ourselin S, Marlow N, et al GIFT Surg: Guided Instrumentation for Fetal Therapy and Surgery. Wellcome Trust and EPSRC 2013-2021
  • Lees C, Marlow N et al Truffle 2: Perinatal and 2 year neurodevelopmental outcome in late preterm fetal compromise HTA 2020-2025
  • Adults born Preterm International Collaboration (APIC)
  • RECAP-Preterm
Teaching Summary

Ongoing programme of web-based education to support the European Society of Neonatology Curriculum in Neonatal Medicine.

Neil supervises four current PhD students and one MDRes student. Since coming to UCL he has supervised 8 PhD students to successful awards. 

Academic Background
1985   Doctor of Medicine University of Oxford
1976   Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery University of London
1973   Bachelor of Arts University of Oxford
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