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

Antenatal glucocorticoids, maternal obesity, gestational diabetes, fetal growth restriction, neonatal glycaemia, early origins of respiratory disease, methods in neurodevelopmental and cardiovascular risk assessment in infants and children

Teaching | Current

Neonatal medicine, simulation, ultrasound, fetal growth


Postgraduate supervision

Supervision of masters and doctoral students


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

Chair of Maternal & Perinatal Central Coordinating Research Hub, Liggins Institute




Areas of expertise

Antenatal glucocorticoids, neonatal hypoglycaemia, assesment of body composition and cadiometabolic function, neurodevelopmental assessment, neonatal ultrasound

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Alternative contact


Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level 2, Room 201
New Zealand

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