UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


About us

Welcome to the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Welcome to the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. As Europe’s leading centre for child health research and education, our Academic Strategy focuses on:

  • Developmental Biology and Cancer
  • Developmental Neurosciences
  • Genetics and Genomic Medicine
  • Infection, Inflammation and Immunology
  • Population Policy and Practice

The key elements of this Refreshed Strategy include a new Education Strategy which is completely integrated into the overall Academic Strategy, an even closer alignment with Great Ormond Street Hospital and a clear strategy for international partnerships. In March 2021, we launched the International Precision Child Health Partnership (IPCHiP), joining forces with other leading paediatric research institutes - Boston Children’s Hospital; the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute with The Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne); and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto — to work together to evaluate genomic data, clinical data from patients, and scientific and medical expertise to accelerate discovery and therapeutic development. Read more: IPCHiP launch.

In addition to our thematic strength of rare diseases, cell and gene therapy and the life course, we have developed some strategic initiatives. These include: Data Science; Stem Cell Biology; Global Health and more recently Mental Health. We intend to have further strategic initiatives which identify areas of strength here and which are also of strategic external importance.

The Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children, which is jointly run with Great Ormond Street Hospital and this new building, considerably augments our ability to move quickly to develop and improve diagnosis and treatment for children with rare diseases, many of which, at the minute, do not have any specific treatments.

Find out more about our research and teaching programmes and stay up to date by following us on Twitter and by subscribing to our YouTube Channel.

Professor Helen Cross
Director, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (GOS ICH)

The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (GOS ICH) which, together with its clinical partner Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH), forms the largest concentration of children's health research in Europe.

The inspirational mission of the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health is to:"improve the health and well-being of children, and the adults they will become, through world-class research, education and public engagement".

The academic strategy of GOS ICH is focused on five scientific research and teaching departments.

Research-based teaching

Building on the strengths provided by the research and teaching departments, we promote research-based education. We aim to attract the best basic and clinical scientists who are interested in pursuing careers in child health related disciplines. Our educational offerings are tailored to their needs. We are also offering vocational courses in paediatric specialties that are designed to attract and educate clinicians, healthcare scientists and allied health professionals in all aspects of child health and paediatrics.

Our collaborations and partnerships

The cross-fertilisation and application of child health expertise at UCL is coordinated through the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. Read more about our partnerships and strategic vision for the benefit for research for the benefit of children's health.

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ICH as part of UCL

GOS ICH as part of UCL

The Institute is part of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences, within UCL's School of Life and Medical Sciences

Support Services at ICH

Support Services at GOS ICH

External organisations can access much of the expertise found within the Institute and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Support our work

Support our work

Details about donating and fundraising to support our research programme.



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