About Us

The neoEPOCH team is made up of neonatal doctors, nurses, researchers and parents. We work with a wide group of parents, patients and health professionals to improve neonatal care.


Dr Chris Gale | Clinical senior lecturer in neonatal medicine and consultant neonatologist

Dr Chris Gale is a Senior Lecturer in Neonatal Medicine at Imperial College London and Honorary Consultant Neonatologist at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust. He leads the neoEPOCH project and is supported by the Medical Research Council through a Clinician Scientist Fellowship. 

His research focuses on developing large, simple clinical trials that use routinely collected electronic health record data held by the National Neonatal Research Database (NNRD).  

Chris initially studied Medicine at the University of Newcastle, graduating in 2002. He undertook his paediatric training in Sydney and London and has a MSc in Clinical Paediatrics from the Institute of Child Health at University College London and a PhD from Imperial College London. 


professor modi | professor of neonatal medicine and consultant neonatologist

Professor Modi is Professor of Neonatal Medicine at Imperial College London. She also has clinical duties as a Honorary Consultant in Neonatal Medicine based at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust. She is also the President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Neena has been working in partnership with paediatric and neonatal doctors, nurses and parents for many years to improve neonatal care. She has pioneered the use of routinely entered neonatal clinical data and is the director of the National Neonatal Research Database (NNRD). 


Dr james webbe | Clinical research fellow and paediatric doctor

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James is a paediatric trainee doctor who is currently completing a PhD developing a Core Outcome set in neonatal medicine at Imperial College London. He is leading the Core Outcomes In Neonatology (COIN) project within neoEPOCH. Having grown up in Jersey, James studied medicine at Cambridge, he completed his Foundation training in South Shields before coming to London to train in Paediatrics.

COIN will identify the outcomes of neonatal care that matter most to patients, parents and clinical staff to help improve current data collection and guide future research. It will be linked to the data collected during routine care of sick babies ensuring it can be used widely without imposing any additional burden on care teams.


DR Susanna sakonidou | CLINICAL RESEARCH FELLOW AND PAEDIATRIC DOCTOR

Susanna is a neonatal trainee doctor who is currently undertaking a PhD at Imperial College London looking at how routine data can be used to involve parents more in their baby's care and improve their experience of neonatal care. She is leading the Better Use of Data to improve parent Satisfaction (BUDSproject within neoEPOCH. Originally from Thessaloniki, Greece, Susanna came to London in 2001. She studied medicine at Kings's College in London and has trained in paediatrics and neonatology in London.

The BUDS project is developing a mobile phone app that uses routinely entered electronic health record data to provide individualised daily updates to parents with babies that need neonatal care.


Izabela andrzejewska | neonatal nurse, research nurse and project manager

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Izabela is a neonatal and research nurse, who has been working at the Neonatal Unit Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust from 2007. Izabela trained as a nurse in Poland. After finishing a masters degree in Public Health Management at the University of Medical Sciences in Poznan, Izabela moved to the United Kingdom and undertook further trainin in Special and Intensive Care of the Newborn at the University of West London.  

As well as being a senior neonatal nurse, Izabela is the project manager of the BUDS (Better Use of Data to improve parent Satisfaction) project within neoEPOCH. She will link the medical and nursing team, with parents and the research team.


Sena Jawad | Statistician 

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Sena is a neonatal clinical trials statistician at Imperial College London. She provides statistical support for trials run by the neonatal unit, particularly those that use the National Neonatal Research Database.  Her main research interests lie around large, practical and realistic neonatal trials which use electronic health records.

Sena graduated with a BSc in Statistics, Economics and Finance from University College London followed by an MSc in Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.