MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health
The mission of the centre is to:
- improve the health and wellbeing of children through interdisciplinary collaborative research that addresses questions central to clinical practice, public health and public policy.
- understand how biological, genetic, developmental, environmental and social factors during early life influence the health and wellbeing of children and adults.
- improve the scientific basis for strategies to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases that affect children and the adults they will become.
- increase research capacity by providing training in epidemiology, biostatistics and public health applied to children.
- provide an independent source of scientific expertise on children's health.
Training and capacity building
Training tomorrow's researchers
We are committed to training and developing the next generation of leading population and child health researchers by:
- inspiring talented clinicians and graduates from diverse backgrounds to undertake population-based research in our centre
- promoting excellence in population-based research through the provision of training in statistical and other methods (see Statistical resources)
- providing doctoral training opportunities and a world class training environment for PhD students (see Studentships)
- supporting post-doctoral fellows to develop as independent researchers and to succeed in fellowship and grant applications (see Post-doctoral development)
- developing leadership and strategic skills in pre- and post-doctoral researchers
- enhancing skills in communicating research and its relevance at all career stages
Communicating research and its relevance
We are committed to research that creates new knowledge relevant to important issues affecting the health and lives of children and their futures. We communicate the findings of our research widely through academic, clinical, policy and public health fora to ensure that it has real impact and influences the actions of healthcare professionals, public policy makers and research funders.
Our research students and fellows are attracted and inspired by our research as it can and does make a real difference to children's health. We aim to ensure that the next generation of talented researchers has the capacity to reflect and communicate research and its relevance in their future careers.
Developing and enabling strategic expertise
Senior members of the centre contribute their strategic leadership, advocacy and expertise to an extensive number of national and international research, policy, clinical, public health and government organisations and committees.
We strive to impart this strategic expertise and capacity to our pre- and post-doctoral researchers through actively supporting their access to such opportunities across UCL and nationally.
For more information see Sharing knowledge and expertise
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