Professor Elaine Boyle

Professor of Neonatal Medicine LCFC Professor in Child Health

School/Department: Population Health Sciences, Department of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 5447



Having trained and worked as a nurse for several years I studied medicine at the University of Sheffield qualifying as a doctor in 1993. I completed postgraduate paediatric training in Sheffield and Birmingham. Before taking up my post in the Infant Mortality and Morbidity Studies Group (TIMMS) in Leicester in 2006 I trained in academic neonatal medicine in Edinburgh and McMaster University Canada gaining MD on the subject of neonatal pain MSc in Epidemiology and PhD focused on enteral feeding in preterm neonates. I remain active in these areas but my major research interest is the effects of gestational age at birth on neonatal and childhood outcomes in particular the effects of moderate-late preterm and early term birth. In 2019 I was appointed Leicester City Football Club Professor in Child Health to lead a programme of research to benefit the health of Leicester's children. I am Editor-in-Chief for 'Paediatric and Neonatal Pain' Chair of the CRN UK Neonatal Clinical Studies Group and recently served as Chair of EBNEO (International Society for Evidence-based Neonatology) and Research Representative for the British Association of Perinatal Medicine.


N Alterman, S Johnson, C Carson, S Petrou, O Rivero-Arias, JJ Kurinczuk, A Macfarlane, E Boyle, MA Quigley. Gestational age at birth and child special educational needs: a UK representative birth cohort study. Arch Dis Child 2021 Sep;106(9):842-848. doi


I have supervised two doctoral students to successful submission and am currently first supervisor for two PhD students and co-supervisor for a third. I would be willing to supervise PhD students in topics related to: the effects of gestational age at birth on neonatal and childhood outcomes; late preterm birth; early term birth; neonatal pain; preterm feeding.


I regularly teach both undergraduate medical students and postgraduate doctors in training in the neonatal clinical setting. I have supervised numerous undergraduate dissertation projects for students in Biological Sciences and Psychology and am a dissertation supervisor for a student enrolled in the MSc Quality and Safety in Healthcare.

Press and media

Neonatal intensive care; late preterm birth; early term birth; neonatal pain;
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