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Neena Modi: Dogged, determined, driven

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 13 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2033


Neena Modi is professor of neonatal medicine at Imperial College London and president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. She qualified in Edinburgh and trained in London and Liverpool. She has campaigned for greater investment in research into childhood health, and the college recently announced a plan to raise £10m to train a new generation of child health research leaders. A failure to tackle children’s poor start in life is not only unfair to them, Modi argues: it has implications for adult health and longevity. She chaired The BMJ’s ethics committee from 2009 to 2015.

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