Professional background

Dr Leigh Dyet is a consultant in neonatal medicine working within the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing at UCLH and the clinical lead. She studied medicine at Newcastle University Medical School and trained in neonatology at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital and UCLH. She was awarded a PhD by the University of London for her work identifying the relationships between brain MRI abnormalities and neurodevelopmental outcome in preterm infants.

She has a specific interest in fetal and neonatal neurology and neuroimaging and also neonatal neurodevelopment. As well as working on the neonatal unit, Dr Dyet currently provides a neonatal neurodevelopmental follow-up service for infants diagnosed antenatally with brain abnormalities as well as neonatal neurology cases. She continues to be actively involved in research in neonatal neurodevelopment and neuroimaging.


Research interests

Neonatal neurodevelopment, neonatal brain imaging, fetal brain abnormalities


  • Clinical features and aetiology of cerebral palsy in children from Cross River State, Nigeria. Duke R, Torty C, Nwachukwu K, Ameh S, Kim M, Eneli N, Onyedikachi A, Aghaji A, Burton K, Dyet L, Bowman R.Duke R, et al. Arch Dis Child. 2020 Jul;105:625-630.
  • Boardman JP, Craven C, Valappil S, Counsell SJ, Dyet LE, Rueckert D et al. A common neonatal image phenotype predicts adverse neurodevelopmental outcome in children born preterm. Neuroimage. 2010;52(2):409-14
  • Dyet L. Fetal growth from mid- to late pregnancy: the Generation R Study. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2010;52(7):599
  • Azzopardi DV, Strohm B, Edwards AD, Dyet L, Halliday HL, Juszczak E, et al; TOBY Study Group. Moderate hypothermia to treat perinatal asphyxial encephalopathy. N Engl J Med. 2009 Oct 1;361(14):1349-58.
  • Kaukola T, Kapellou O, Laroche S, Counsell SJ, Dyet LE, Allsop JM, Edwards AD. Severity of perinatal illness and cerebral cortical growth in preterm infants. Acta Paediatr. 2009 Jun;98(6):990-5.
  • Counsell SJ, Edwards AD, Chew AT, Anjari M, Dyet LE, Srinivasan L, et al. Specific relations between neurodevelopmental abilities and white matter microstructure in children born preterm. Brain. 2008 Dec;131(Pt 12):3201-8.
  • Atkinson J, Braddick O, Anker S, Nardini M, Birtles D, Rutherford MA, Mercuri E, Dyet LE et al. Cortical vision, MRI and developmental outcome in preterm infants. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2008 Jul;93(4):F292-7.
  • Gousias IS, Rueckert D, Heckemann RA, Dyet LE, Boardman JP, Edwards AD, Hammers A. Automatic segmentation of brain MRIs of 2-year-olds into 83 regions of interest. Neuroimage. 2008 Apr 1;40(2):672-84.
  • Murgasova M, Dyet L, Edwards D, Rutherford M, Hajnal J, Rueckert D. Segmentation of brain MRI in young children. Acad Radiol. 2007 Nov;14(11):1350-66.
  • Boardman JP, Dyet LE. Recent advances in imaging preterm brain injury. Minerva Pediatr. 2007 Aug;59(4):349-68.
  • Aljabar P, Bhatia KK, Murgasova M, Hajnal JV, Boardman JP, Srinivasan L, Rutherford MA, Dyet LE, Edwards AD, Rueckert D.Assessment of brain growth in early childhood using deformation-based morphometry. Neuroimage. 2008 Jan 1;39(1):348-58.
  • Krishnan ML, Dyet LE, Boardman JP, Kapellou O, Allsop JM, Cowan F et al. Relationship between white matter apparent diffusion coefficients in preterm infants at term-equivalent age and developmental outcome at 2 years. Pediatrics. 2007 Sep;120(3):e604-9.
  • Boardman JP, Counsell SJ, Rueckert D, Hajnal JV, Bhatia KK, Srinivasan L, Kapellou O, Aljabar P, Dyet LE et al. Early growth in brain volume is preserved in the majority of preterm infants. Ann Neurol. 2007 Aug;62(2):185-92.
  • Counsell SJ, Dyet LE, Larkman DJ, Nunes RG, Boardman JP, Allsop JM, et al. Thalamo-cortical connectivity in children born preterm mapped using probabilistic magnetic resonance tractography. Neuroimage. 2007 Feb 1;34(3):896-904.
  • Dyet LE, Kennea N, Counsell SJ, Maalouf EF, Ajayi-Obe M, Duggan PJ, et al. Natural history of brain lesions in extremely preterm infants studied with serial magnetic resonance imaging from birth and neurodevelopmental assessment.
  • Pediatrics. 2006 Aug;118(2):536-48
  • Kapellou O, Counsell SJ, Kennea N, Dyet L, Saeed N, Stark J, et al. Abnormal cortical development after premature birth shown by altered allometric scaling of brain growth. PLoS Med. 2006 Aug;3(8):e265.
  • Rutherford M, Srinivasan L, Dyet L, Ward P, Allsop J, Counsell S, Cowan F. Magnetic resonance imaging in perinatal brain injury: clinical presentation, lesions and outcome. Pediatr Radiol. 2006 Jul;36(7):582-92.
  • Dyet L, Pilkington C, Raffles A. A novel presentation of juvenile idiopathic arthropathy. Arch Dis Child. 2003 Nov;88(11):1015-6.