Kennedy, Professor Colin

Colin KennedyMD BCh FRCP FRCPCH 


Paediatric neurology

Training and education

  • BA in philosophy, physiology and psychology (first class honours), University of Oxford.
  • MBBS and MD, London.
  • Medical Research Council (MRC) funded medical research fellow, Northwick Park Clinical Research Centre.
  • Fellow in neurology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA.
  • Joint UK accreditation in paediatrics and paediatric neurology.


Professor Kennedy is an honorary consultant in paediatric neurology and has worked for the Trust since 1984. Previously, he's worked at various London postgraduate hospitals (Hammersmith, National Queen Square, Northwick Park, Great Ormond Street) and was a lecturer on child health in Southampton. 

In 1988 he set up the paediatric neurology service and was the clinical lead for over 24 years until 2012. His current role involves outpatient and inpatient clinical care and clinical research.

Professor Kennedy has a special interest in neuro-oncology. He has worked with UK and European groups that test new treatments in clinical trials, trying to ensure that assessment of the effects of treatments is not restricted to measuring survival rates but includes measurement of the quality of survival.

He also had a continuing 20 year programme of research into the effects of early intervention for permanent childhood hearing impairment. It has been instrumental in the adoption of universal newborn screening in every district of the UK, and has federal support for its adoption throughout the USA.

Key achievements

  • Former president of the UK and European societies of his specialty (BPNA, EPNS).
  • Became Chair of research support panel of Child Brain Research, UK.
  • Worked with the World Health Organisation to improve paediatric neurology services in Kazakhstan.

Awards and prizes

  • Dr Michael Blacow Award, British Paediatric Association (now the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health), for the best paper at annual scientific meeting.
  • Donald Paterson Prize, BPA (now the RCPCH) for best published paper in preceding two years by a paediatrician in training.


Professor Kennedy has made significant contributions to literature on encephalitis, management of posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus of infants, universal newborn screening for permanent deafness, early brain tumour diagnosis and quality of survival following brain tumours.

Prof Kennedy's selected publications include: