Dr Topun Austin

Topun Austin is a Consultant Neonatologist in Cambridge, and Honorary Professor of Neurophotonics at University College London. He is the Director of the Evelyn Perinatal Imaging Centre (EPIC), based at the Rosie Hospital, Cambridge. His main research interests are in brain development and injury in the newborn, using novel monitoring and imaging technologies and their translation into routine clinical care as well as ways of assessing early infant behaviour and functional brain connectivity. He works closely with Professor David Rowitch (Head of Paediatrics, Cambridge University) in the development of the Cambridge NeuroNICU, developing a brain-orientated model of care for newborn infants in intensive care.

Topun is also the co-director of neoLab, a collaborative group between EPIC and Biomedical Optics Laboratory at UCL and also lead for the East of England Neonatal Neuroprotection group.


Topun has a long-standing interest in cognitive developmental neuroscience and has longstanding collaborations with Professor Mark Johnson and Dr. Sarah Lloyd-Fox (Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge), Professor Sir Simon Baron-Cohen (Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge), Professor Victoria Leong (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore). He is patron of the Brazelton Centre UK.