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Edwards, David

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Professor of children's and neonatal medicine

David Edwards - professor of children's and neonatal medicine

Area of expertise: neonatology (care of newborns)

Biography

David Edwards is professor of children's and neonatal medicine, Kings College London and Director of the King's College Centre for the Developing Brain.

He was previously the Weston professor of neonatal medicine, Head in the Neonatal Medicine Group at the Medical Research Council Clinical Sciences Centre, and Chairman and head of the division of paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology at Imperial College London.

After graduating from Oxford, David spent a year as a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He trained at the Medical School at Guy's Hospital and studied neonatology at University College London before moving to the Hammersmith Hospital and Imperial College.

He became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1986 and a Fellow in 1993, a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 1998, and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2002. In 2009, David was made an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Radiologists.

His research work focuses on treatment and prevention of brain damage in newborn infants, and his research group has worked for many years on the discovery and implementation of hypothermia to treat birth asphyxia. 

David holds current grant funding from the MRC, EPSRC, Wellcome Trust and other bodies. He leads the Developing Human Connectome Project, a €15 million programme funded by the European Research Council to map the development of structural and functional connectivity in the fetal and newborn brain.

Further information

Education and training

  • 1977: BA - University of Oxford
  • 1983: MBBS - Guy's Hospital Medical School
  • 1993: FRCP
  • 1997: FRCPCH
  • 2002: F. Med Sci
  • 2010: MRCR
  • 2011: DSc - Imperial College London.

Specialist interests

  • neonatal intensive care
  • neonatal neurology and brain protection.

Research interests

  • neonatal neuroprotection
  • hypothermia treatment for birth asphyxia
  • neonatal brain imaging
  • brain development.

Awards

  • Open Scholarship, St Peters College, Oxford
  • Sumnos Honores Prize, St Peters College Oxford
  • Kennedy Scholarship, Harvard University, USA
  • Arvo Yllpo Quinquennial International Gold Metal and Prize (2007)
  • National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator.

Publications

Download a list of Professor David Edwards' publications (PDF 10Kb).

Contacts

Telephone

020 7188 9145
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