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Dr Topun Austin

Consultant neonatologist, the Rosie Hospital

I am a consultant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Rosie Hospital and director of the Evelyn Perinatal Imaging Centre.
Dr Topun Austin

There is no scientific study more vital to man than the study of his own brain. Our entire view of the universe depends on it.

Francis Crick

My current role

I am part of a team of consultant neonatologists at the Rosie Hospital and divide my time between clinical duties on the NICU and research in the Cambridge Centre for Perinatal Neuroscience based in the Evelyn Perinatal Imaging Centre at the Rosie Hospital.

My main research interests are in brain development and injury in the newborn, using novel monitoring and imaging technologies and their translation into routine clinical care. I work closely with Professor David Rowitch (Head of Paediatrics, Cambridge University) in the development of the Cambridge Neuro NICU, developing a brain-orientated model of care for newborn infants.

I am the co-director of neoLAB, which is a collaborative group between the Cambridge Centre for Perinatal Neuroscience and the DOT-HUB lab based at UCL ( The group has been involved in developing state-of-the-art optical imaging systems to study functional activity in the developing brain.

Previous history

My first exposure to neonatal intensive care was during my intercalated BSc degree in physiology in 1992. Fascinated by how these tiny babies were kept alive by applied physiology, I embarked on a career in paediatrics, with my clinical training in London and Oxford, and undertook a PhD in optical monitoring and imaging the brain at UCL. I was appointed as a consultant neonatologist in Cambridge in 2008.

Memberships and accreditations

I am a member of the:

  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • British Association of Perinatal Medicine
  • Neonatal Society and European Society of Paediatric Research.

Personal interests

When not at work I enjoy looking at the stars through my telescope. I am a passionate cyclist and an armchair sportsman specialising in tennis and formula one. I enjoy reading about history and politics as well as books which try to explain how the brain works.