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The neonatal unit at St George’s is actively involved in research, and we are pleased to be able to offer parents the chance to participate in a number of exciting research studies aiming to improve care in sick newborn babies.

A member of the clinical team may approach you to ask whether you would like to be involved in any of these studies.  All participation is voluntary,  and whether you choose to participate or not will not affect the high standard of care that your baby will receive while on the neonatal unit.

Current studies include:



Paediatric Infectious Diseases Research Group

Infection is often a very important issue for many newborn babies. In collaboration with Doctors and Nurses from the Neonatal Unit, the Paediatric Infectious Diseases Research Group (PIDRG) is running a number of studies to help us learn more about different  infections in babies and how best to treat and prevent them.

The current studies include:

  • NeoHIEC (looking for resistant infections by swabbing)
  • NAPPA (measuring common antibiotic levels in babies)
  • iMAP (vaccination against whooping cough in pregnancy)
  • NeoMERO2 (a new antibiotic for treating meningitis)
  • neonIN (recording all infections in babies) and
  • neoGent (how best to use the antibiotic called gentamicin in babies).

These studies are led by Professors Paul Heath and Mike Sharland,
Professors of Paediatric Infectious Diseases at St George’s with a
special interest in infections of the newborn baby.

Other recent studies that have now finished recruiting new patients:


Please click on each study for more information