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Louis Dundas Centre for Children's Palliative Care

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Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Palliative Care and Paediatrics (CHAMPP)

  • Bringing a robust generalist perspective to research, teaching and training in child and adolescent health for the wider UCL community and beyond
  • Serving children and young people with life-limiting conditions and life-threatening illnesses in the UK and across the world, through palliative care research to inform practice and training
  • Exploring social cognition, and aetiology, epidemiology and prevention in child and adolescent mental health, particularly social communication disorders and eating disorders
  • Contributing a robust sociolological and anthropological understanding to the work we do 


General and Adolescent Paediatrics

Our Programme is the home of general and community paediatrics and adolescent medicine within the wider UCL community.

We have a diverse range of research, teaching and training responsibilities across UCL Partners and other UCL affiliated hospital and community paediatric sites.

Key research interests

  • Implications of adolescent physical and psychosocial development for health and healthcare, including health service use, obesity, health risk behaviours, diabetes self-management, outcome studies of complex illness in adolescence
  • inequalities in child health (and what can be done about them)
  • Outcomes following possible adverse events in fetal or early life


Louis Dundas Centre for Children's Palliative Care

Hosted by the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH) and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), The Centre supports an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to research, education and clinical practice for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and life-threatening illnesses and their families.  We aim to play a key role in the development of an evidence-base for palliative care and in the dissemination of the results of research.

The Centre's purpose is to conduct well-coordinated high quality multidisciplinary collaborative studies which will inform practice; and the development and implementation of educational programs that will meet the needs of professionals serving children and young people with life-limiting conditions and life-threatening illnesses in the UK and across the world. Attention is directed across four themes.

  1. Documenting the illness experience
  2. Decision making about care and treatment
  3. Pain and symptom management
  4. Delivery of palliative care services

Further information


  • Professor Myra Bluebond-Langner

Eating Disorders and Adolescent Mental Health

Take part in our study on Maternal eating and adolescent brain development

Further information

  • We are a multi-disciplinary team  with an interest in eating disorders and mental health of adolescents.  
  • We are involved in variety of research projects, with a focus on epidemiology, the effects of eating disorders in pregnancy, risk factor research and prevention.  
  • We collaborate with a number of UK  and international organisations to improve our understanding of adolescent mental health, how eating disorders develop in adolescence and their effect on adolescent development as well as the intergenerational transmission of eating disorders.

Our current research includes:

  • Epidemiology of Eating disorders
  • Eating Disorders and related behaviours in early and mid adolescence
  • Maternal Eating Disorders (ALSPAC)
  • Eating Disorders Phenotypes in Adolescents and diagnostic classification
  • Nutrition Eating and Stress in Pregnancy
  • Preventing emotional and behavioural problems in adolescent girls in schools


Nadia Micali 

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Genetic Information and Intellectual Disability

Genetic Information and Intellectual Disability

Intellectual Disability and Mental Health: Assessing Genomic Impact on neurodevelopment (IMAGINE ID) is a study which aims to discover how genetic influences cause intellectual disability and increase the risk of mental health problems.

Nowadays, most people who have a serious intellectual disability will be investigated for possible genetic cause. In about one in seven there is a serious genetic problem. Unfortunately, even though modern technology can detect these genetic anomalies, we hardly ever know how or why they have caused the disability. As a consequence, doctors are rarely able to answer the parent’s next question “So what does this mean for my child?” To help doctors answer that question in the future, we need to understand a lot more about the relationship between the genetic makeup of people with intellectual disability and their intellectual, social and behavioural difficulties.

The Medical Research Council has funded this research so that, by recruiting 1000s of families, we can discover how genetic influences cause intellectual disability. We will do so by building the world’s biggest database of individual differences in intellectual disability, linking genetic information to measures of developmental progress, behaviour, health and wellbeing. 

The multidisciplinary team, led by clinicians from the University of Cambridge, Cardiff University and University College London, includes specialists in medical genetics, psychiatry and psychology who care for people with intellectual disability. All members of the team have a research interest in human genetics, intellectual disability and behavioural phenotypes.

For further information visit the IMAGINE ID website

If you are keen to get involved or would like to refer anyone you know please email

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