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Professor Jon Dorling

Professor Jon Dorling


Research interests

  • Maternal and child health
  • Infant nutrition and feeding
  • Placental transfusion

More research

Accepting applications from PhD students.


Address: Princess Anne Hospital, Coxford Road, SO16 5YA


Jon is an experienced Academic Consultant Neonatologist, with an international profile, at University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust. He is passionately committed to undertaking and facilitating patient-focused clinical research to improve health outcomes or improve the healthcare experience of children and their families. Jon has a current portfolio of approximately £12 million in grant funding for numerous multi-centre research studies in the UK, Canada and Australia. He has published over 170 peer reviewed papers, including a first author paper in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2019 on the SIFT trial.

Specifically, Jon helps to answer important questions about care for newborn infants, usually via randomised controlled trials, but with significant experience of other research methodologies too. Jon enjoys mentoring and works in a collaborative way with multidisciplinary research teams. Areas of particular research interest are infant nutrition and feeding, placental transfusion, maternal and child health, preterm birth, very low birth weight infants, family integrated care, evidence based medicine and clinical trials.

Jon has delivered outreach activities, promoting neonatal research locally, nationally and internationally. He has been trained by the RCPCH to do media interviews and has appeared on BBC, ITV and Canadian national news programmes speaking about neonatal issues. He has presented evidence on research in neonatal care to a House of Commons All Party Parliamentary Group and to the Preterm Births Committee in the House of Lords.

As well as being Honorary Professor at the University of Southampton, Jon is Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Research Lead on the Executive Committee of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine, an Associate Editor for BMJ Paediatrics Open and Cochrane Neonatal, NIHR HTA funding committee member and a member of the Neonatal Society.

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