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Promoting research for children
  1. Neena Modi
  1. Correspondence to Professor Neena Modi, Faculty of Medicine, Section of Neonatal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Imperial College London, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Campus, 369 Fulham Road, London SW10 9NH, UK; n.modi{at}


Concerns have been expressed in recent years about the decline in children's clinical and biomedical research in the UK, and in the paediatric academic workforce. Here I consider the extent to which these concerns are justified, the sweeping changes that have taken place in research funding, governance and organisation, and necessary action to take.

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  • Competing interests NM is Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Vice President (Science and Research), and leads a research programme as Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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