UCL Institute of Child Health

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UCL Institute of Child Health
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Established 1946
Director Professor Rosalind Smyth
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 within child health, 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, and the adults they will become, through research, education 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]

There are five academic programmes in the Institute:[2]

  • Developmental Biology and Cancer
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Genetics and Genomic Medicine
  • Infection, Immunity, Inflammation
  • Population Policy and Practice


  • Rare Diseases (a cross-cutting theme)

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable faculty of the Institute, past and present, include:

  • Professor Carol Dezateux CBE, former head of the Centre for Paediatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics at ICH, and now Director of the Life Study
  • Professor Terence Stephenson, Nuffield Professor of Child Health and Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.
  • Professor Catherine Law CBE, chair of the Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
  • Professor Sir Cyril Chantler, received a knighthood for his services to medicine in 1996, a former Chairman of the Board of Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Chair of UCL Partners 2009-2014.
  • Professor Catherine Peckham CBE, who established the Centre for Paediatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Institute.
  • Professor Agostino Pierro, Nuffield Professor of Paediatric Surgery until 2011, won the 2008 tribute from the medical charity SPARKS.

See also[edit]


  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 & 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.