UCL Institute of Child Health

UCL Institute of Child Health

The UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH) together with its clinical partner Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH), forms the largest concentration of children's health research outside North America. The joint institution's overall mission is to:

Improve the health and well being of children, and the adults they will become, through world-class research, education and public engagement.

In support of our mission, ICH pursues an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to enhance understanding, diagnosis, therapy and prevention of childhood disease.  A broad range of paediatric issues is covered, from molecular genetics to population health sciences. All specialties as they relate to children’s health are included so that ICH fulfils the role of a world-leading academic establishment in paediatrics. This multi-disciplinary approach is necessitated by the important principle that the child is not merely a small adult

ICH was established in 1945 and, in 2006, joined UCL's newly-formed Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, becoming the largest of its 14 Divisions and Institutes. ICH has maintained a particularly close relationship with GOSH throughout its sixty-three year existence. These close links have enabled ICH to pursue medical research in the context of child health and disease, based upon an integrated approach of careful clinical observation and scientific investigation. This allows an understanding of disease mechanisms and, in turn, leads to precise diagnosis and development of new therapies.

Behavioural & Brain Sciences Unit

Professor David Skuse, one of the Child & Adolescent Mental Health course directors, is also Head of the Behavioural and Brain Sciences Unit at ICH.

Programme Administrator contact email: camh@ucl.ac.uk