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James Boardman

Personal Chair of Neonatal Medicine

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Phone: +44 131 242 2694

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Imperial College London
Master of Science, University College London
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University College London
Bachelor of Science, University College London

Professional Qualifications

Fellow of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, FRCPCH
Member of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, MRCPCH


Professor Boardman trained in neonatal medicine in London (Hammersmith Hospital and University College London Hospital), and undertook a clinical research fellowship at the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre at Imperial College London leading to the award of PhD in neonatal neuroscience. He completed clinical training in 2007 and became Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London, where his research programme focused on perinatal brain injury. In 2012 he took over the scientific direction of a laboratory at the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Edinburgh, and was promoted to Professor of Neonatal Medicine in 2017.

Current Research Interests

  • Quantitative magenetic resonance imaging of the developing human brain
  • Understanding risk and resilience for brain development after preterm birth
  • Methods for early detection of children at risk of cognitive impaiment
  • Strategies for improving life course outcome after preterm birth

My research in a nutshell

Professor Boardman’s goal is to develop and evaluate neuroprotective strategies for fetuses and neonates at risk of brain injury and poor neurodevelopmental outcome. He researches the role of neonatal quantitative MR imaging to investigate causal pathways to brain injury, the factors that confer risk or resilience to injury after perinatal adversity, and the relationship between quantitative MR features and long-term functional outcome. He is scientific director of the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory at the University of Edinburgh / MRC Centre for Reproductive Health.

Clinical Expertise and Specialisation

Professor Boardman is an honorary consultant neonatologist with the NHS. His clinical interest is neonatal neurology.

Research activities & awards

  1. Visit from the Chief Medical Officer of Scotland

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

  2. BMC Pediatrics (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

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