Neena qualified from the University of Edinburgh, and trained at University College Hospital London and Liverpool University. She leads a multidisciplinary neonatal research programme focused on nutritional and other perinatal determinants of life-long health. Her team developed and manage the National Neonatal Research Database, a unique and innovative resource of population wide electronic clinical data on every admission to a neonatal unit in England, Wales and Scotland. This is widely used for health services evaluations, including audit, quality improvement and benchmarking, and for a growing range of research studies by research groups nationally and internationally.
Neena is extensively published in original-research peer-reviewed journals and has also authored a number of chapters in textbooks, commentaries and reviews. She directs the well-known “Neonatal Update: the science of newborn care”, a week-long meeting held in London each December that attracts a capacity national and international audience.
Neena contributes to a number of working parties, and health services and research committees. She has held a large number of national roles including President of the UK Neonatal Society, President of the Academic Paediatrics Association of Great Britain and Ireland, Chair of the British Medical Journal Ethics Committee, and Chair of the NHS England Infant, Children and Young People Patient Safety Expert Group.