Catherine Peckham

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Catherine Peckham CBE,[1] MD, FMedSci, FRCP, FRCPath, FRCOG, FRCPCH, FFPHM, is a doctor and scientist. She was born in London, spent her early years in the US and she was educated at St Paul's Girls' School[2] and University College London. She is married to Sir Michael Peckham and is the daughter of Alexander King.

Catherine Peckham was the first Professor of Paediatric Epidemiology in the UK, and established the Centre for Paediatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the UCL Institute of Child Health, University College London.[3][4] The Peckham Lecture is given each year at the Institute of Child Health.[5]

Medical career[edit]

As a clinical epidemiologist she is best known for her work on infections in pregnancy, particularly rubella, cytomegalovirus[6] and HIV, and their impact on the fetus and developing child. She showed that rubella damage caused by exposure to maternal infection during pregnancy could continue after birth.[7] She worked on the early rubella vaccine trials and was instrumental in setting up the National Congenital Rubella Surveillance Programme.[8][9]

In 1986 she founded the multi-centre European Collaborative Study (ECS) on HIV in mothers and children with Carlo Giaquinto.[10][11][12][13] She was instrumental in establishing the national surveillance of HIV infection in pregnancy and childhood.[14] Her study of vaccination for infectious diseases in childhood was published by Action Research as the Peckham Report in 1989.[15] In 1986 she co-founded the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit.[16] From 2005 to 2007 she chaired the Scientific Coordinating Group for the Government's Foresight Programme on the Future Challenge of infectious Diseases.[17]

She has been closely involved in national birth cohort studies[18] and the influence of biological, social and environmental factors in early life on later development has been a central theme in her work.[19]

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  5. ^ The Peckham Lecture
  6. ^ "Cytomegalovirus Infection in Pregnancy: Preliminary Findings From A Prospective Study". The Lancet. 321: 1352–1355. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(83)92138-4. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Catherine S. Peckham (1 August 1972). "Clinical and Laboratory Study of Children Exposed in utero to Maternal Rubella – Peckham 47 (254): 571". Archives of Disease in Childhood. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Surveillance of congenital rubella in Great Britain, 1971–96". BMJ. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
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  11. ^ Original TextThe European Collaborative Study 1. "Mother-To-Child Transmission of Hiv Infection". The Lancet. 332: 1039–1043. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(88)90063-3. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Mother-to-Child Transmission of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus". New England Journal of Medicine. 333: 298–303. doi:10.1056/NEJM199508033330507. 
  13. ^ "HIV: European Collaborative Study on HIV-infected pregnant women and their children". University College London. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Antenatal Testing For Human Immunodeficiency Virus". The Lancet. 334: 1442–1444. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(89)92045-X. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  15. ^ The Peckham Report
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  17. ^ Foresight. Infectious Diseases: preparing for the future. Executive Summary.Office of Science and Innovation, London, 2006.
  18. ^ Peckham, CS (24 May 2012). "A national study of child development (NCDS 1958 cohort). Preliminary findings in a national sample of 11-year-old children". Proc. R. Soc. Med. 66: 701–3. PMC 1645076Freely accessible. PMID 4741414. 
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