Our research aim is to improving the health of children and adolescents through high quality research in general and community paediatrics and adolescent health.
The Unit brings together a
diverse range of research interests across child and adolescent health,
this diversity brought in part by the formation of the Unit from
elements of the old Department of Paediatrics and Child Health from
throughout the UCL Medical School.
The wide range of scientific work provides research experience for clinical training fellows and for non-clinical graduate students and postdoctoral workers. Clinically trained research fellows are employed under the terms of a range of grants from prestigious grant-giving bodies. Appropriate involvement in clinical work is maintained, ensuring that training experience is appropriate for a clinical academic career.There are a large number of honorary staff within the Unit, contributing to the under-graduate course but also supporting the developing general paediatric research network.
Current research centres and interests include:
Adolescent Research Team
Dr. Russell Viner, Dr. Deborah Christie
The Adolescent Research Team has a national and international reputation in adolescent health research, focusing on the implications of adolescent physical and psychosocial development for health and healthcare. Major interests include
- adolescent epidemiology and health service use
- health risk behaviours (alcohol use, smoking, drug use)
- diabetes self-management – as a paradigm for chronic illness management in adolescence
- outcome studies of complex illness in adolescence (meningitis, chronic fatigue syndrome)
Outcomes following possible adverse events in fetal or early life
Dr Alastair Sutcliffe
Dr Sutcliffe has been investigating the health of children born after interventions in early life since 1993, when he conducted the first study of children born after embryo cryopreservation.
He has also performed with his research team the world's largest detailed study of IVF, ICSI and Naturally conceived with colleagues in 4 other Eurpoean countries.
He is author of the first outcome studies on Preimplantation Diagnosis and also twin-twin transfusion studies. He has been an advisor to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority working party on assisted reproductive technology (ART) outcome in the UK and was recently invited by the Italian Medical Research Council to advise on national ART birth registry design.
Dr Sutcliffe recently contributed to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
podcast on reproductive ageing.
Dr Sutcliffe’s other research are medicines and children.
His work has been recognised by national and international societies and he was awarded the Established Clinician Award from the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in 1999; the Donald Paterson Prize from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2003; and the Best Abstract for Counselling and Psychosocial Aspects of Infertility and Reproductive Medicine from the British Fertility Society in 2004.
Dr Sutcliffe has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and is an author of one book and an editor of a second book on ART outcomes. He is a reviewer for numerous journals including the Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, Fertility and Sterility and Human Reproduction.
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