Kimberley Whitehead

Kimberley Whitehead

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Between 2019-2023 I was a Senior Research Fellow at University College London. In 2019-20 I was supported by NIHR and MRC funding, to develop a statistical model of sleep-wake regulation in infants. Between 2020-2023 I was funded by Brain Research UK to advance understanding of natural repair mechanisms following acquired fetal and neonatal brain injury. This was supplemented by a small grant from the European Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST) Action ‘Maximising impact of multidisciplinary research in early diagnosis of neonatal brain injury (AI-4-NICU)’.

From late 2023, I have been a Senior Lecturer at King’s College London, in the Research Division of Applied Technologies for Clinical Care. I am currently funded by 1) BBSRC Seed Funds, to strengthen a collaboration with Prof Mark Blumberg to quantify sensorimotor behaviour in my cohort, and 2) an initiative led from my faculty - Better Health & Care Futures - to investigate whether home electroencephalography (EEG) has untapped potential regarding sleep evaluation in children and young adults with complex needs, in collaboration with Co-Investigator Dr Joel Winston. This project fits within a strand of Better Health & Care Futures which spearheads research into community and frugal innovations.

I and my colleagues are committed to the principles of open science. We have published two of only four large open-access neonatal EEG datasets available internationally: 118 infants with resting sleep-wake EEG data, and 112 infants with EEG, behavioural and physiological data following a painful procedure. (The other two datasets are here and here). Several of our manuscripts also include associated smaller open-access datasets, e.g. EEG data following somatosensory stimulation to the face, hands and feet in seven preterm infants. I have also made available a write-up of my recent families and patient involvement in the design of a project to analyse routine clinical paediatric EEG recordings for research purposes, for the benefit of other academics.

I maintain an international profile in clinical neurophysiology. Since 2015 I have served on the Editorial Board for the journal Clinical Neurophysiology Practice. I am a member of the AI-4-NICU working group and grant review panel, and co-chair the EPSRC/MRC-funded UKRI-Network Plus Developmental EEG Reliability taskforce. I am part of the 'What is Sleep?' working group based at the Santa Fe Institute. I have featured in international media including The Times and National Geographic.

I supervise translational and applied student projects. In the current academic year, up to and including summer 2024, this encompasses 4 x MSc projects, and 4 x BSc projects including funded internships within the Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship scheme, Laidlaw scheme in collaboration with Prof Samraat Pawar from Imperial College, and King's Undergraduate Research Fellowship scheme.

Research interests

I have a special interest in neuromonitoring technologies applied to neonatal/developmental, critical care and sleep medicine, and epileptology. My research is highly cross-disciplinary, inspired by ideas from pre-clinical models and fundamental biosciences, and maths and computer science. My latest preprints are here and here.

I welcome interest from prospective PhD students in areas centred on or interfacing with my research topics, and am experienced in supervising quantitative projects. I hold large fetal and infancy datasets, providing opportunities for innovative post-graduate projects addressing developmental medicine. I am part of the PhD supervisor pool for the King’s PhD Programme in Mental Health Research for Health Professionals, MRC DTP, Wellcome Trust’s PhD Programme in Neuro-Immune Interactions in Health & Disease, and LIDo DTP. I am also part of the supervisor pool for the Centre for Translational Medicine (CTM) pre-doctoral Clinical Research Excellence Fellowships (p-CREFs) which offer one year of funding for health professionals to prepare a PhD fellowship application.

My e-mail address is kimberley.whitehead@kcl.ac.uk.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Keywords

  • QP Physiology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Sleep
  • Translational neuroscience
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Sensory development
  • RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
  • Neonatology
  • Epilepsy
  • Disability

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