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Professor James Boardman

Research interests and grants.

Professor James P Boardman

Professor of Neonatal Medicine

  • BSc (hons), MBBS, MSc, PhD, FRCPCH
  • Director of the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory

Contact details

Address

Street

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

City
Edinburgh
Post Code
EH16 4TJ

Biography

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 became scientific director of the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory situated in the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Edinburgh, and was promoted to Professor of Neonatal Medicine in 2017.

Research Interests

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.

Visit the Theirworld Edinburgh Birth Cohort website

Visit the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory website

Publications (on Edinburgh Research Explorer)

Current Grants

  • Richardson H, Bastin M, Thriplleton M, Fletcher-Watson S, Boardman JP. Investigating mechanisms of brain and cognitive development in children born preterm. Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund, 2021-22.
  • 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, 2021-22.
  • Clemens A, Fletcher-Watson S, Boardman JP. Neural mechanisms of attachment in early life. Wellcome Trust Translational Neuroscience PhD Programme, 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. NIHR-HTA, 2021-25.
  • 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, 2019-22.
  • McIntosh A, Sudlow, C, Robertson D, Dibben C, Lawrie S, Deary I, Boardman JP, Porteous D, Whalley H, Chan S. Leveraging routinely collected and linked research data to study the causes and consequences of common mental disorders. MRC Mental Health Data Science Pathfinder, 2018-20.
  • Davidson D, Bogaert D, Schwarze J, McDougall C, Boardman JP, Cunningham S. Nasal cathelicidin expression in protection against respiratory syncytial virus. Chief Scientist Office, 2018-20.
  • Davidson D, Bogaert D, Schwarze J, McDougall C, Boardman JP, Cunningham S. The antiviral potential of cathelicidin against respiratory syncytial virus infections in infants. Action Medical Research Grant. 2018-21.
  • Boardman JP, Bastin ME, Cox S. Investigation of DNA methylation and brain connectomic bivariance, and the impact of early life environmental stressors. Wellcome Trust Translational Neuroscience PhD Programme. 2017-20.
  • Boardman JP and Reynolds RM. Stress Response Systems in Mothers and Preterm Infants. Theirworld, 2017-20.
  • Boardman JP. Theirworld Edinburgh Birth Cohort. Theirworld, 2016-25.
  • NIHR global health research group on preterm birth and stillbirth at the University of Edinburgh (the DIPLOMATIC collaboration), GHR Project: 17/63/08.

Group members

  • Dr Manuel Blesa Cábez

  • Dr Paola Galdi

  • Dr Gemma Sullivan

  • Mrs Jill Hall

  • Dr Sinead O’Carroll

  • Dr Amy Corrigan

Research Students

  • Ms Kadi Vaher

  • Ms Justyna Binkowska

  • Ms Lorena Jiménez Sánchez

  • Ms Lorna Ginnell

  • Dr David Stoye

  • Ms Emily Wheater

  • Dr Evi Valavani

Responsibilities

Edinburgh

  • Scientific director, Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health
  • RS Macdonald Seedcorn Fund Committee

National / International

  • President of the Neonatal Society, 2018-21
  • Wellcome Trust Clinical Interview Committee, Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship Scheme, 2018-21
  • 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, publication date summer 2021
  • Editorial board member, Scientific Reports
  • Review editor, Frontiers in Neurology
  • Chair of NHS England/British Association of Perinatal Medicine Framework for Practice: Identification and Management of Neonatal Hypoglycaemia in the Full Term Infant
  • 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).