UCL Institute of Child Health

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UCL Institute of Child Health
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Established 1946
Director Professor Andrew Copp
Location London, United Kingdom
Website UCL Institute of Child Health

The UCL Institute of Child Health is an academic department of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences of University College London (UCL) and is located in London, United Kingdom. It was founded in 1946 and is the largest concentration of child health professionals in Europe.[1][2] In 1996 the Institute merged with University College London.[3]Current research focusses on broad biomedical topics, ranging from immunology to epidemiology.


The Institute of Child Health was founded in 1946 by professor Alan Moncrieff with the funding of a chair in child health by the Nuffield Foundation.[4][5] It acted as a postgraduate school of preventive and therapeutic paediatrics of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the University of London.[6] Moncrieff served as director until 1964.[5][6]


ICH sets out its mission to improve the health and wellbeing of children through research and public engagement.[2] To further this agenda, ICH joined the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences at University College London in 2006. The research is internationally recognised, with the ICH gaining Grade 5*A in the Higher Education Funding Council for England ratings.[7] The institute also won the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in 2000.

Through the enabling of various funding bodies such as the Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council, the ICH annually trains doctoral students, medical students and other postgraduates.[8]

Research themes[edit]

There are eight research themes in the Institute:[2]

  • Cancer
  • Cardiorespiratory Sciences
  • General and Adolescent Paediatrics
  • Genes, Development and Disease
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Neurosciences and Mental Health
  • Nutritional and Surgical Sciences
  • Population Health Sciences

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable faculty of the Institute include:

  • Professor Carol Dezateux CBE, who was recognised in Queen Elizabeth II New Year honours for her contribution to paediatric epidemiology[9]
  • Professor Terence Stephenson, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
  • Professor Sir Cyril Chantler, received a knighthood for his services to medicine in 1996, and was appointed Chairman of the Board of Great Ormond Street Hospital and ICH.
  • Professor John Martin, Vice President of the European Society of Cardiology and chairman of the Expert Cardiovascular Committee in DG XII at the European Commission. Awarded the Gold Medal of the European Society of Cardiology.
  • Professor Catherine Peckham, CBE
  • Professor Agostino Pierro, Nuffield Professor of Paediatric Surgery, won the 2008 tribute from the medical charity SPARKS.


  1. ^ University College London: Institute of Child Health. Opusdc.co.uk. Retrieved on 2010-11-26.
  2. ^ a b c UCL Home
  3. ^ Harte, Negley and North, John. (2004). The world of UCL 1828 - 2004. London: UCL Press. pp. 276–277. ISBN 1-84472-068-3. 
  4. ^ Clark, Ronald Sydney (1972). A biography of the Nuffield Foundation. London: Longmans. pp. 37–38. ISBN 0-582-36487-6. 
  5. ^ a b Tanner, James G. (2010). A History of the Study of Human Growth. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-13402-1. 
  6. ^ a b "Sir Alan Moncrieff C.B.E., M.D., F.R.C.P., F.R.C.O.G". Br Med J 3 (5769): 311–2. 1971. doi:10.1136/bmj.3.5769.311. PMC 1799078. PMID 4934048. 
  7. ^ rae 2008 : submissions : ra5a. Rae.ac.uk. Retrieved on 2010-11-26.
  8. ^ What's On In Camden - Venue: UCL Institute of Child Health. Whatson.camden.gov.uk. Retrieved on 2010-11-26.
  9. ^ New Year honours list: DBEs and CBEs | UK news | guardian.co.uk. Guardian. Retrieved on 2010-11-26.