Dr Chris McKinlay

PhD, MBChB, BHB, DipProfEthics, FRACP, CCPU

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Senior Lecturer - Neonatal


Dr McKinlay graduated in Medicine from The University of Auckland and completed general paediatric training in Auckland, followed by subspecialist training in neonatology in Melbourne. His PhD, undertaken at the Liggins Institute, investigated the long-term effects of repeat antenatal glucocorticoid treatment for preterm birth on risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease. He combines clinical neonatology with perinatal research, focusing on interventions to improve long-term metabolic, respiratory and neurocogntive function in at-risk infants. He has joint appointments at the Liggins Institute and Kidz First Neonatal Care, Counties Manukau Health. 

Research | Current

Perinatal glucocorticoids, maternal obesity, gestational diabetes, fetal growth restriction, neonatal glycaemia, and early origins of respiratory disease, cardiometabolic disease and neurodevelopmental impairment. 

Teaching | Current



Postgraduate supervision

Supervision of masters and doctoral students


Counties Manukau Health, Best Doctor Research Presentation, 2019

Early Career Research Excellence Award, University of Auckland, 2019

Research Excellence Medal, CHYLD Study Team, University of Auckland, 2018

Top Publication by an Emerging Researcher, School of Medicine, University of Auckland, 2015 and 2017

Geoffrey Thorburn Visiting lecturer, Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand, 2015

Best Doctoral Thesis, University of Auckland, 2013

PhD Student Research Award, Society for Pediatric Research (USA), 2011

Isaacs Medical Research Fellowship, Auckland Medical Research Foundation, 2007


Neonatal Consultant, Kidz First Neonatal Care, Counties Manukau Health





Areas of expertise

Antenatal glucocorticoids, neonatal hypoglycaemia, assesment of body composition and cardiometabolic function, neurodevelopmental assessment.

Clinical trial data management and statistical analysis. 

Neonatal ultrasound.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Neonatal Task Force Member, International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation

National Maternity Monitoring Group, Ministry of Health, New Zealand

Growth Assessment Protocol National Working Group, Accident Compensation Corperation

Research Data Management Project Advisory Panel, University of Auckland


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Culliney, K., McCowan, L. M. E., Okesene-Gafa, K., Murphy, R., Rowan, J., Taylor, R. S., ... HUMBA Study Group (2018). Accuracy of point-of-care HbA1c testing in pregnant women. The Australian & New Zealand journal of obstetrics & gynaecology, 58 (6), 643-647. 10.1111/ajo.12786
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lesley McCowan, Karaponi Okesene-Gafa, Rinki Murphy, Rennae Taylor
  • Cartwright, R. D., Harding, J. E., Crowther, C. A., Cutfield, W. S., Battin, M. R., Dalziel, S. R., ... ACTORDS Follow-up Group (2018). Repeat Antenatal Betamethasone and Cardiometabolic Outcomes. Pediatrics, 142 (1).10.1542/peds.2018-0522
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jane Harding, Caroline Crowther, Malcolm Battin, Stuart Dalziel, Wayne Cutfield, Robert Cartwright
  • Shah, R., McKinlay, C. J. D., & Harding, J. E. (2018). Neonatal hypoglycemia: continuous glucose monitoring. Current opinion in pediatrics, 30 (2), 204-208. 10.1097/mop.0000000000000592
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jane Harding, Rajesh Kumar Shah
  • Rajput, N., McKinlay, C., Purdie, G., Filipovska, J., Battin, M., Patel, H., & Tuohy, P. (2018). Community-based screening to detect school readiness problems in very preterm children. J Paediatr Child Health, 54 (3), 238-246. 10.1111/jpc.13707
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Malcolm Battin
  • Mazahery, H., von Hurst, P. R., McKinlay, C. J. D., Cormack, B. E., & Conlon, C. A. (2018). Air displacement plethysmography (pea pod) in full-term and pre-term infants: a comprehensive review of accuracy, reproducibility, and practical challenges. Maternal health, neonatology and perinatology, 410.1186/s40748-018-0079-z
  • Bradford, B. F., Thompson, J. M., Heazell, A. E., McCowan, L. M., & McKinlay, C. J. (2018). Understanding the associations and significance of fetal movements in overweight or obese pregnant women: A systematic review. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 97 (1), 13-24. 10.1111/aogs.13250
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Thompson, Lesley McCowan
  • McKinlay, C. J. D., Thorstensen, E. B., Cutfield, W. S., Battin, M. R., Dalziel, S. R., & Harding, J. E. (2017). Effect of collection methods on salivary cortisol. Journal of Diagnostic Techniques & Biomedical Analysis, 6 (2)10.4172/2469-5653.1000121
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42464
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Eric Thorstensen, Wayne Cutfield, Malcolm Battin, Stuart Dalziel, Jane Harding
  • McKinlay, C. J., Chase, J. G., Dickson, J., Harris, D. L., Alsweiler, J. M., & Harding, J. E. (2017). Continuous glucose monitoring in neonates: A review. Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology, 3.10.1186/s40748-017-0055-z
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Deborah Harris, Jane Alsweiler, Jane Harding

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M&HS BUILDING 503 - Bldg 503
Level 2, Room 269
New Zealand

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