David Field

Professor of Neonatal Medicine


Department of Health Sciences
University of Leicester
Centre for Medicine
University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH

Tel: 00 44 116 2525437

Email: df63@le.ac.uk    



My research activities have focused on the topics of::

a) the epidemiology of prematurity and preterm birth and

b) trials in perinatal medicine. 

Currently my colleagues and I are working on a range of studies looking at the extent to which environmental factors (particularly deprivation) influence a range of reproductive outcomes.


  • Randomised trial of mild hypothermia during newborn ECMO (BHF)
  • Towards reducing infant mortality a population based approach (NIHR)
  • The Neonatal Survey Follow up programme
  • A multicentre randomised controlled trial of an intelligent system to support decision making in the management of labour using the cardiotocogram. (The INFANT Trial) (HTA) 


  • Chair of the Neontal Clinical Studies Group of the Medicines for Children Research Network 2005-2009
  • Vice Chair of the Clinical Studies Group Chairs committee of the Medicines for Children Research Network. 2005-2008
  • Member of the Medicines for Children Research Network Board. 2005-2008 
  • Adviser for the Treasury review of infant mortality 2006-7 
  • Member of the surgical committee of the neonatal task force (DoH 2008/9)
  • President  British Association of Perinatal Medicine 2008-2011



 Chair of the Child Health undergraduate course committee



Smith LK, Manktelow BN, Draper ES, Boyle EM, Johnson SJ, Field DJ. Trends in the incidence and mortality of multiple births by socioeconomic deprivation and maternal age in England: population-based cohort study. BMJ Open 2014;4(4):e004514-e004514.

Smith LK, Draper ES, Field D. Long-term outcome for the tiniest or most immature babies: survival rates. Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine 2014;19(2):72-77.

Hinchliffe SR, Seaton SE, Lambert PC, Draper ES, Field DJ, Manktelow BN. Modelling time to death or discharge in neonatal care: an application of competing risks. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology 2013;27(4):426-433.

Seaton SE, King S, Manktelow BN, Draper ES, Field DJ. Babies born at the threshold of viability: changes in survival and workload over 20 years. Archives of Disease in Childhood-Fetal and Neonatal Edition 2013;98(1):F15-F20.

Smith L, Draper ES, Manktelow BN, Pritchard C, Field DJ. Comparing regional infant death rates: the influence of preterm births < 24 weeks of gestation. Archives of Disease in Childhood-Fetal and Neonatal Edition 2013;98(2):F103-F107.

Poulsen G, Kurinczuk JJ, Wolke D, Boyle EM, Field D, Alfirevic Z, Quigley MA. Accurate reporting of expected delivery date by mothers 9 months after birth. Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey 2012;67(4):217-218.

Seaton SE, Field DJ, Draper ES, Manktelow BN, Smith GCS, Springett A, Smith LK. Socioeconomic inequalities in the rate of stillbirths by cause: a population-based study. BMJ Open 2012;2(3):e001100.

Askie LM, Ballard RA, Cutter GR, Dani C, Elbourne D, Field D, Hascoet JM, Hibbs AM, Kinsella JP, Mercier JC, Rich W, Schreiber MD, Wongsiridej P, Subhedar NV, Van Meurs KP, Voysey M, Barrington K, Ehrenkranz RA, Finer NN, MAPPiNO Collaboration. Inhaled nitric oxide in preterm infants: an individual-patient data meta-analysis of randomized trials. Pediatrics 2011;128(4):729-739.

Poulsen G, Kurinczuk JJ, Wolke D, Boyle EM, Field D, Alfirevic Z, Quigley MA. Accurate reporting of expected delivery date by mothers 9 months after birth. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2011;64(12):1444-1450.

Smith LK, Budd JLS, Field DJ, Draper ES. Socioeconomic inequalities in outcome of pregnancy and neonatal mortality associated with congenital anomalies: population based study. BMJ 2011;343.

Field DJ, Firmin R, Azzopardi DV, Cowan F, Juszczak E, Brocklehurst P. Neonatal ECMO Study of Temperature (NEST) - a randomised controlled trial. BMC Pediatrics 2010;10:24.

Manktelow B, Draper ES, Field C, Field D. Estimates of length of neonatal stay for very premature babies in the UK. Archives of Disease in Childhood-Fetal and Neonatal Edition 2010;95(4):F288-F292.

Manktelow BN, Draper ES, Field DJ. Predicting neonatal mortality among very preterm infants: a comparison of three versions of the CRIB score. Archives of Disease in Childhood-Fetal and Neonatal Edition 2010;95(1):F9-F13.

Mercier JC, Hummler H, Durrmeyer X, Sanchez-Luna M, Carnielli V, Field D, Greenough A, Van Overmeire B, Jonsson B, Hallman M, Baldassarre J, EUNO Study Group. Inhaled nitric oxide for prevention of bronchopulmonary dysplasia in premature babies (EUNO): a randomised controlled trial. Lancet 2010;376(9738):346-354.

Smith LK, Manktelow BN, Draper ES, Springett A, Field DJ. Nature of socioeconomic inequalities in neonatal mortality: population based study. BMJ 2010;341.

R Tiruvoipati, H Pandya, B Manktelow, J Smith, I Dodkins, D Elbourne, and D Field. Referral pattern of neonates with severe respiratory failure for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Arch. Dis. Child. Fetal Neonatal Ed., Mar 2008; 93: F104 - F107

VM Kamoji, JS Dorling, B Manktelow, ES Draper, DJ Field. Antenatal umbilical Doppler abnormalities: an independent risk factor for early onset neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants. Acta Pædiatrica 2008; 97: 327-331

D Field, B Bajuk, B N Manktelow, T Vincent, J Dorling, W Tarnow-Mordi, E S Draper, D Henderson Smart. Geographically based investigation of the influence of very-preterm births on routine mortality statistics from the UK and Australia. Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition 2008;93:F212-F216

Field D, Dorling JS, Manktelow BN, Draper ES. Survival of extremely premature babies in a geographically defined population: prospective cohort study of 1994-9 compared with 2000-5. BMJ. 2008;336: 1221-1223

Field D, Elbourne D, Hardy P, Fenton AC, Ahluwalia J, Halliday HL, Subhedar N, Heinonen K, Aikio O, Grieve R,Truesdale A, Normand C on behalf of the INNOVO Trial Collaborating Group. Neonatal ventilation with INhaled Nitric Oxide versus Ventilatory support withOut inhaled nitric oxide for infants with severe respiratory failure born at or near term: The INNOVO multicentre randomised controlled trial (ISRCTN 17821339). Neonatology 2007;91:73-82

Horan M, Edwards AD, Firmin RK, Ablett T, Rawson H, Field D. The effect of temperature on the QTc interval in the newborn infant receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Early Human Development 2007;83:217-223

Horan M, Azzopardi D, Edwards AD, Firmin RK, Field D. Lack of influence of mild hypothermia on amplitude integrated-electroencephalography in neonates receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.Early Hum Dev. 2007;83:69-75

Smith LK, Draper ES, Manktelow BN, Dorling JS, Field DJ. Socioeconomic inequalities in very preterm birth rates. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2007 Jan;92(1):F11-4

Draper ES, Zeitlin J, Field DJ, Manktelow BN, Truffert P. Mortality patterns of very preterm babies: A comparative analysis of two European regions in France and England. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed.2007;92:356-360

Smith LK, Draper ES, Manktelow BN, Field DJ. Deprivation and infection among spontaneous very preterm births. Obstetrics and Gynecology 2007;110(2 Pt 1):325-9

Sabri K, Manktelow B, Anwar S, Field D, Woodruff G. Ethnic variations in the incidence and outcome of severe retinopathy of prematurity. Can J Ophthalmol 2007;42:727-730

Van Reempts P, Gortner L, Milligan D, Cuttini M, Petrou S, Agostino R, Field D, den Ouden L, Børch K, Mazela J, Carrapato M, Zeitlin J; MOSAIC Research Group. Characteristics of neonatal units that care for very preterm infants in Europe: results from the MOSAIC study. Pediatrics. 2007 Oct;120(4):e815-25

Elizabeth S. Draper, Judith Rankin, Ann M. Tonks, Keith R. Abrams, David J. Field, Michael Clarke and Jennifer J. Kurinczuk. Recreational Drug Use: A Major Risk Factor for Gastroschisis? American Journal of Epidemiology, American Journal of Epidemiology 2008;167:485-91. (epub Dec 2007)

Jonathan M Cusack, David J Field, Bradley N Manktelow.Impact of service changes on neonatal transfer patterns over 10 years. Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition 2007;92:F181-F184

Helena McNally, Charlotte C. Bennett, Diana Elbourne, David J. Field, for the UK Collaborative ECMO Trial GroupUnited Kingdom Collaborative Randomized Trial of Neonatal Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: Follow-up to Age 7 Years.Pediatrcs 2006;117: e845-e854 (doi:10.1542/peds.2005-1167)

Stavros Petrou, Matthias Bischof, Charlotte Bennett, Diana Elbourne, David Field,Helena McNally.Cost-Effectiveness of Neonatal Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Based on 7-Year Results From the United Kingdom Collaborative ECMO Trial.Pediatrics 2006;117:1640-1649 (doi:10.1542/peds.2005-1150)

Ahluwalia J, Tooley J, Cheema I, Sweet DG, Curley AE, Halliday HL, Field D, Al'malik H, Annamalai S, Midgley , Hardy P, Tomlin K, Elbourne D. A dose response study of inhaled nitric oxide in hypoxic respiratory failure in preterm infants. : Early Hum Dev. 2006;82:477-83

Kamoji VM, Dorling JS, Manktelow BN, Draper ES, Field DJ. Extremely growth-retarded infants: is there a viability centile? Pediatrics. 2006;118:758-63




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