UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Past news and events

Past news and events page

Thursday, 27 June 2024: Establishing a UK Platform of Nucleic Acid Therapy for Rare Disease (UPNAT) Node Inaugural Symposium 

Time: 10am-5pm

Location: UCL GOS Institute of Child Health (Kennedy Lecture Theatre), 30 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1EH

Registration: tickets via Eventbrite

Thursday 06 June 2024: Illumina bioinformatics solutions to unlock genomic insights in disease – latest developments

To unlock the next wave of omics discovery, we must analyse, manage, aggregate, mine, explore data more efficiently and accurately. Now, we can. Come and learn more about Illumina genomic data platforms to drive scientific insights. We will share the latest developments to help you analyse your data with easily accessible interactive informatics tools.

Wednesday, 24 April 2024New national research centres to unlock tests and treatments for rare diseases

UCL scientists will work to help thousands of people living with rare diseases get access to improved diagnostics, treatments and potentially cures, thanks to funding for four new research centres. A new £9.4million LifeArc Centre for Rare Respiratory Diseases will be co-led by Professor Hannah Mitchison (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health) alongside academic partners in Edinburgh, Nottingham, Dundee, Cambridge, Southampton and the UKRI Nucleic Acid Therapy Accelerator (NATA) – with the aim of uniting children, adults and families with clinical experts, researchers, investors and industry leaders.

Friday 17 November 2023: ECR Careers Event - Are you an early career researcher (ECR) in health and medical sciences and exploring your next career opportunity? The ECR EDI Focus Group at the GOS Institute of Child Health is organising a half-day long Career Day on to help you navigate different career routes. We are hosting 3 panels to discuss the academic route, non-academic route, and transition within non-research/teaching roles in academia. Speakers include recent fellowship recipients, those working in healthcare industry, and a range of non-academic careers at universities. There will be drinks and networking opportunity afterwards.

If you are interested, please sign up via Eventbrite.

Wednesday 13 September 2023: Contratulations to Fatimah Almousawi for being shortlisted in the Faculty Video Competition. Watch some great videos and cast your vote here:

Tuesday 19 September 2023: UCL Human Genetics - Launch Day. This launch day will showcase human genomic research conducted across many disciplines at UCL.

More information and registration details. 

Monday 04 September 2023: Maria Bitner-Glindzicz Memorial Lecture 2023

We would like to invite you to attend the 2023 Maria Bitner-Glindzicz Memorial Lecture, which is taking place as part of the 58th Inner Ear Biology Workshop, being held at ICH on Monday 4th September, 4pm – 5pm.

This year, Prof Jeff Holt, PhD and Dr Gwenaelle Geleoc, PhD from Harvard Medical School, Boston will be discussing 'Novel gene therapies for Usher Syndrome and non-syndromic hearing loss'.

This will be a hybrid event with the opportunity to attend in person or virtually via zoom. Please note if you are already attending the Inner Ear Biology Workshop then there is no need for you to sign up - please only register if you are not part of the workshop as in-person places are limited.

We would kindly ask attendees on site and (also virtually) to arrive on time to avoid disruptions.

Registration details here:


Thursday 06 July 2023: Congratualtions to Dr Wendy Heywood on her promotion to Principal Research Fellow.

Thursday 15 June 2023: Professor Hannah Mitchison co-authors Nature paper on the World’s first illustration of the molecular machinery that makes cilia beat. Full article in Nature

Thursday 13 July: 12:30 - 4:45pm: GGM Early Career Researchers Symposium. 

This Symposium will be a hybrid event and open to all across UCL and beyond. We would be delighted if you could join us in person, as there will be an opportunity to catch up with colleagues during the tea break.

The programme features talks from Early Career Researchers across all four sections of the GGM department. We are also pleased to feature a talk from guest speaker Dr Lila Allou, as well as a collection of briefings from our Research Support colleagues.

More details and registration on Eventbrite. 

Wednesday 05 July 2023: 3:00 - 6:00pm: GOS ICH Inaugural Symposium

Hybrid event: Kennedy Lecture Theatre, UCL GOS ICH & online via Zoom (registration required – link below)
We welcome you to join us for this Inaugural Symposium, hosted by Professor Helen Cross, Director of UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. 

3:00pm Professor Jane Simmonds,  Professor of Teaching: Physiotherapy and Health Education - Title: ‘Creative education and making the invisible visible’

3:50pm Professor Philippa Mills, Professor of Inherited Metabolic Diseases - Title: ‘To B or not to B…’

4:40 – 5pm Tea/coffee on the Balcony

5:00pm Professor Kevin Mills, Professor of Translational Omics - Title: ‘Eons and Ions’

5:50pm Drinks reception in the Winter Garden

Register via Eventbrite to secure a place or receive the Zoom Webinar details:

Register via Eventbrite

Wednesday 25 May 2023: Congratulations to Parth Patel, 2nd year PhD Student in the Zhou Lab, on winning the Faculty Three Minute Thesis (3MT) 1st prize and People's Choice. Parth will now progress to the UCL Finals Round. Best of luck to Parth.

Thursday 18 May 2023: Congratulations to Professor Dame Lyn Chitty and Professor Mehul Dattani on their election as Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the advancement of biomedical and health science, pioneering research and translating developments into benefits for patients and wider society.

Tuesday 02 May 2023: Jim Seakins Memorial Travel Fund open now for applications. Next deadline is: Friday 16 June 2023.

Friday 16 June 2023, 1:00 - 5:00pm: IEM Section Symposium - Not Lost in Translation?

The Symposium will be a hybrid event and open to all. If you are able to attend in-person, we would be delighted if you could join us for refreshments halfway through and a drinks reception following the Symposium.

This is a great opportunity to hear from leaders in the field, such as Prof Rob Wynn (Manchester) and Prof Paul Gissen (UCL), and includes talks by senior and early career researchers from across UCL. It will also include a representative from industry and a Patient Organisation.

Registration details here

Wednesday 31 May 2023, 3:00 - 6:00pm: Inaugural Symposium | Professors Kevin Mills and Philippa Mills - POSTPONED due to train strike. New date to be confirmed. 

Friday 28 April 2023, 1:00 - 5:00pm (in-person only): GBPM Section Symposium and Otto Wolff Lecture - Professor Muzlifah Haniffa: Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science, Lister Institute Prize Fellow, Professor of Dermatology and Immunology, Newcastle University, ‘Decoding the developing human immune system’ 

GGM GBPM Symposium poster

17 - 18 April 2013: Causes and consequences of stochastic processes in development and disease - Scientific discussion meeting organised by Dr Dagan Jenkins, Dr Gabriel Galea and Professor Jonathan Chubb.The Royal Society. 

Monday 06 February 2023: 

Dr Naresh Hanchate, UCL Excellence Fellow in MBRD, will be running the London Marathon in April to fundraise for GOSHCC. Naresh says: "I am running the marathon to thank everyone at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, the GOSH Children's Charity, and the Institute of Child Health for supporting me and my research career and for their great service to save lives.”

Support Naresh here!

Monday 06 February 2023: Maria Bitner-Glindzicz and Molecular Basis of Rare Diseases Symposium - 2:00-5:00pm 

This is a hybrid event held in the Leolin Price Lecture Theatre, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health & online via Zoom. Each talk will be followed by Q&A. Tea and coffee will follow for those attending in-person.

Spaces are limited, so if you would like to attend in person please register today, or else register to join us online on the day.

Monday 16 January 2023: 

Congratulations to Dr Rhys Dore of the Ryten Lab who has been elected as an inaugural member of the UK Young Acadamy. Rhys told us: 

"The UK Young Academy is a new collaborative that sits within the global Young Academy movement. It brings together professionals from multiple different sectors to tackle the most pertinent global problems. I am delighted to have been selected as an inaugural member. This means that I will be working with the first cohort to develop the overarching strategy and key priorities of the UK Young Academy. My personal sector is within Clinical Sciences and I plan to promote the importance of effective medical research and the need to reduce inequities in healthcare. I look forward to working with other members to develop innovative plans that create positive societal change."

Wednesday 11 January 2023: 

Professor Paul Gissen will be join the MRC Molecular and Cellular Medicine Board from April 2023 for two years. Congratulations to Paul on this appointment. 

Monday 09 January 2023:

Head shot of Lyn ChittyProfessor Dame Lyn Chitty DBE PhD MRCOG, Professor of Genetics and Fetal Medicine, NIHR Senior Investigator Emeritus, Deputy Director NIHR GOSH Biomedical Research Centre, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, Genetics and Genomic Medicine Department.

We give warmest congratulations from the Department to Lyn, who was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the new year’s honours list, for her services to medicine.

Based at UCL and Great Ormond Street Hospital since the 1980s, Professor Chitty is the UK’s only Professor of Genetics and Fetal Medicine. She has pioneered research into rapid and non-invasive prenatal diagnosis, offering families lower risk options to find out about the health of their unborn child.

Professor Chitty is an expert in prenatal diagnosis, the ultrasound screening of fetal abnormalities, specifically fetal skeletal abnormalities, and was responsible for the creation of the fetal size standards which have been used throughout the UK and beyond. 

She said: “I am surprised and delighted to be awarded this honour. It is really amazing and I still can’t quite believe it, but I don’t believe one gets this level of recognition alone and for me it is very much a reflection of the great people and teams I have worked with over the years. My thanks goes to them for all the hard work and support they have given. This honour really is a reflection of great teamwork.”