Prof. Chris Kelnar

Professor Kelnar is a Consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Endocrinologist at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh and an Honorary Professor of Paediatric Endocrinology in the Department of Reproductive and Developmental Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.

He has a number of national and international roles, playing an active part:

  • Developing evidence-based guidelines and integrated care pathways in child health and paediatric endocrinology, and in evidence-based methodologies and their application, as Vice-Chairman of SIGN - the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network
  • Overseeing training and standards of medical care as Chairman of the Clinical Fellowship Committee of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE)
  • Leading the Scottish Executive Review of Paediatric Endocrinology Services for Scotland
  • As Council member of ESPE and President-Elect of ESPE
  • As Chairman:
    • Quality of Practice Committee of the RCPCH 1997 - 2000
    • UK Congenital hypothyroidism screening working group 2006 -
    • Working group on transition care (RCPE, NHS Education, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland)

Professor Kelnar's research programme addresses:

  • the functional differentiation of germ cells in the human and marmoset testis from fetal life through to adulthood.
  • Neuroendocrine dysfunction in survivors of traumatic brain injury sustained in childhood
  • Evidence-based models of generic and specific transition health care for adolescents
  • UK incidence of clinically presenting congenital adrenal hyperplasia

He has authored over 150 scientific papers and reviews in peer-review journals, 30 book chapters and over 50 invited reviews. He has also authored or edited five textbooks.

He has contributed to developing evidence-based medicine and setting standards for the Scottish Government, Lothian, the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Professor Kelnar is active in clinical and health promotion networks within Scottish, UK and European Health Organisations: Department of Health (England and Wales), Scottish Government Health Department, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Scottish Paediatric Endocrine Group, the British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, and the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology.