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Professor James Boardman

Research interests and grants.

Professor James P Boardman (BSc (hons), MBBS, MSc, PhD, FRCPCH)

Professor of Neonatal Medicine

  • Director of the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory
  • Consultant neonatologist

Contact details



The Queen’s Medical Research Institute
Edinburgh BioQuarter
47 Little France Crescent

Post Code
EH16 4TJ

Research Interests

Professor Boardman’s goal is to develop and evaluate neuroprotective strategies for babies who are at risk of brain injury and poor neurodevelopmental outcomes. 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.

Staff / group members

Dr Manuel Blesa Cábez

Dr Paola Galdi

Dr Gemma Sullivan

Mrs Jill Hall

Dr Yu Wei Chua

Dr Amy Corrigan

Current PhD/MD students

Ms Kadi Vaher

Ms Justyna Binkowska

Ms Lorena Jiménez Sánchez

Dr Evi Valavani

Dr Katie McKinnon

Dr Helen Turner

Dr Fraser Christie

Ms Selina Abel

Current and recent grants


Boardman JP. Theirworld Edinburgh Birth Cohort. Theirworld (PI). 2016-25.

Richardson H, Bastin M, Thrippleton M, Fletcher-Watson S, Boardman JP. Investigating mechanisms of brain and cognitive development in children born preterm. Wellcome Trust, institutional strategic support fund. 1/03/21 - 28/02/22.

Boardman JP, Richardson H, Whalley H, Baston M, Galdi P. Early life determinants of neurodevelopmental and cognitive impairment through data science. Wellcome Trust, institutional strategic support fund. 1/03/21 - 28/02/22.

Clemens A, Fletcher-Watson S, Boardman JP. Neural mechanisms of attachment in early life. Wellcome Trust Translational Neuroscience PhD Programme. Wellcome Trust. 2020-23.

Stock SJ, Murray S, Deidda M, Boyd K, Norman JE, Norrie J, Reynolds RM, Boardman JP, Luyt K, Khalil A, Bick D, Reed K, Denton J. A Randomised Placebo-Controlled Trial of Antenatal Corticosteroids for Planned Birth of Twins: STOPPIT-3. 2021-25 NIHR-HTA.

Marryat L, Wood R, Frank J, Boardman JP, Whittaker A. Utilising linked administrative datasets to explore the developmental pathways of children born to women who use opioids in pregnancy. Economic and Social Research Council. 2021-24.

Boardman JP, Bogaert D. The microbiota-gut-brain axis of preterm infants. Wellcome Trust Translational Neuroscience PhD Programme. Wellcome Trust (primary supervisor). 2019-22.


Selected recent publications

Publications (on Edinburgh Research Explorer)

Lab media

Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory celebrates 20 years of helping to save premature babies.

Current external activities


Immediate Past President of the Neonatal Society

Wellcome Trust Career Development Award panel member 2022-current

Member of Great Ormond Street Hospital Research Assessment Panel, 2021-current

Editor, 8th ed. Avery and MacDonald’s Neonatology Pathophysiology and Management of the Newborn, Wolters Kluwer.

Editorial board member, Scientific Reports

Review editor, Frontiers in Neurology

Member of British Association of Perinatal Medicine Framework for Practice: Fetal & Neonatal Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Clinical Indications, Acquisitions and Reporting

Member of Data Monitoring and Safety Committee for Safeguarding the brain of our smallest children – a phase III randomised clinical trial (SafeBoosC-III)

Member of Data and Safety Monitoring Committee of the Pregnancy Outcome Prediction Study 2 (POPS2)

Member of scientific advisory board for PREMSTEM (Brain injury in the premature born infant: stem cell regeneration research network).

Chair Data Monitoring Committee for the DOLFIN randomised controlled trial-Developmental Outcome of Long Term Feed Fortification in neonates. 2021-current