UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Prof Ruth Gilbert

Prof Ruth Gilbert

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology

Population, Policy & Practice Dept

UCL GOS Institute of Child Health

Joined UCL
1st Apr 2002

Research summary


Ruth Gilbert is a clinical epidemiologist, who trained in paediatrics. She is the Co-Director of the NIHR Children and Families Policy Research Unit, Theme Lead for Public Health within Health Data Research London, and contributes to the Rare Diseases theme of the NIHR Great Ormond Street Hospital Biomedical Research Centre. Her research has a strong focus on using anonymised, administrative data to address clinical and policy questions for children and families. She supports the Child Health Informatics Group, a group of researchers using novel cross-sectoral linkages between public services and surveys. Examples include, the All Years Dataset, linking hospital data to education data for all children in England, data linkages to assess maternal health needs of mothers involved in family court proceedings, and home visiting services for teenage mothers. She contributes to research on record linkage methods. Ruth has led two multicentre trials with consented linkages for long-term follow up from multiple data sources and she established national linked data resources combining infection surveillance and clinical records across England to generalise trial findings to changing infection rates in real-world practice. She is supervising a study to reactivate dormant trials through unconsented, record level linkage of education data to data from trials conducted over the past three decades, to evaluate long-term cognitive outcomes in adolescence. Ruth's team have developed whole country, standardised electronic cohorts to compare maternal and child outcomes in England, Scotland, Ontario, Sweden and Australia. The group has also developed and validated approaches to coding for a range of conditions in children and young people, with a focus on adversity, child maltreatment and family violence. Her goal is to widen the use of health and non-health administrative data to enable research to address health within families.