Professor Anne Greenough, VP for Science & Research

Anne Greenough
College Officer
James Spence Medallist

Anne Greenough is Professor of Neonatology and Clinical Respiratory Physiology, Director of Education and Training at King’s Heath Partners Academic Health Science Centre. She was Board Member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England and Chair of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Paediatrics (non medicines) Specialty Group and is now Vice President Science and Research at RCPCH.

She is a member of the Department of Women and Children’s Health, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King’s College London and the Medical Research Council–Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma. Her research interests focus on the early origins of chronic respiratory disease and include factors affecting antenatal lung growth, optimisation of respiratory support, determinants of sudden infant death syndrome and prevention and treatment of chronic lung disease, particularly related to viral infections and sickle cell disease. 

James Spence Medal

Year awarded: 2017

Anne Greenough has made an outstanding career-long contribution:

  • specifically to clinical and academic neonatology through work relating to the origins, markers and management of chronic lung disease following preterm birth
  • nationally, through her involvement with leadership of paediatric research through the RCPCH and NIHR, of medical education (most notably for nine years as Head of the School of Medicine at Kings College)
  • internationally through examining and multiple editorial responsibilities.

Building upon work that contributed to her MD thesis, she has retained focus on her area of interest in neonatal applied respiratory physiology and the pathogenesis of neonatal lung disease.

She has published hundreds of peer-reviewed papers, supervised nearly 30 doctoral theses, held prestigious research grants (gained in open competition) and made clinically important contributions to the recognition of those babies at risk of long term respiratory morbidity.

In University administration she has not only been Head of her own medical school but also in chairmanship roles in HEFCE and research assessment.

She was for five years the Chair of the Paediatric Sub-Speciality Group for NIHR and since 2014 has been Vice-president for Science and Research of the RCPCH.

Throughout this time she has maintained a role in clinical leadership, developing the highly regarded tertiary neonatal services at Kings College Hospital whilst retaining an interest in neonatal services in London. Her example as a role model to generations of paediatric trainees is remarkable. She is focused, energetic and yet always charming. She is a true leader and a most worthy holder of the James Spence Medal.