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Our team

Who is running and funding ECHILD?

The ECHILD study is led by University College London in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and in partnership with NHS Digital and the Department for Education.

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The ECHILD project is funded by

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To create a research ready database linking health, education and social care data for all children in England for wider re-use.

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To examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown on vulnerable groups of children.

The ECHILD project is led by University College London researchers: 

Professor Ruth Gilbert
Professor Ruth Gilbert

Ruth Gilbert is a professor of clinical epidemiology, 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.  Read more about Ruth Gilbert here:  Principle Investigator.


Dr Ruth Blackburn
Dr Ruth Blackburn

Ruth Blackburn is a quantitative public health research researcher and UKRI Innovation Fellow based at the UCL Institute for Health Informatics, where she is the Deputy Leader for the Public Health Data Science Group. She is particularly interested in understanding the links between physical and mental health in people with complex health and social needs. Read more about Ruth Blackburn here:  Co-Investigator.


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Professor Katie Harron

Kaite Harron is a Professor of Statistics and Health Data Science at UCL Institute of Child Health, a member of Council for the Royal Statistical Society and an associate editor for the Journal of the RSS, Series A. Katie’s methodological research focuses on the development of statistical methods for data linkage, and particularly for evaluating the quality of linkage.  Katie’s applied research focuses on exploiting existing data sources to improve services for mothers and families, and particularly vulnerable families. Read more about Katie here:  Co-Investigator.


Dr Louise McGrath Lone
Dr Louise McGrath-Lone

Louise is a researcher and former secondary school teacher who is interested in improving outcomes for children and young people through better use of administrative data. She is a Research Fellow in Public Health Data Science at UCL Institute of Health Informatics.  Read more about Louise here:  ECHILD researcher.

Dr David Etoori
Dr David Etoori

David is a research fellow in public health data science at the UCL Institute of Health Informatics working with the ECHILD group to investigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and young people. Prior to joining UCL, David completed his PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and worked as an epidemiologist with Medecins Sans Frontieres.  Read more about David here:  ECHILD researcher.

Nicolas Libuy Rios
Dr Nicolas Libuy Rios

Nicolás is an ECHILD Researcher. His research focuses on education, labour conditions, and public health with special focus on the social determinants of health. His research uses administrative data linked with longitudinal studies to explore causal associations over the life course. He holds a PhD in Health Economics from UCL Social Research Institute.

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Dr Matthew Jay 

Matt is an ECHILD Researcher using the ECHILD database to examine the links between chronic health conditions, school absence and exam results. Matt's research interests have included law and legal epidemiology, education and paediatric pain. Matt has worked on a range of projects using administrative and cohort data, including on off-rolling and exclusion of children with a history of social care involvement and in the pain service at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Read more about Matt Jay here: ECHILD researcher.

Professor Jan van der Meulen
Prof Jan van der Meulen

Jan is a professor of clinical epidemiology.  His research focuses on the study of determinants of variation in processes and outcomes of surgical care ("epidemiology of the quality of surgical care"). He is involved in a number of national studies of surgical practice and outcome that are run by the Clinical Effectiveness Unit of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.  Read more about Jan here:  ECHILD researcher.

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Dr Min Hae Park

Min Hae is an assistant professor in epidemiology. Her current work focuses on using national routine data to evaluate hospital care for people with cancer.  Read more about Min Hae here: ECHILD researcher.

Christine Farquharson
Christine Farquharson

Christine is a Senior Research Economist focuses on early intervention, child development, and programme evaluation.    Read more about Christine here:  ECHILD researcher

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Imran Tahir

Imran is a Research Economist, his work focuses on understanding what drives inequalities in educational attainment. Read more about Imran here: ECHILD researcher

Matthew Lilliman
Matthew Lilliman

Matthew is the Data Resource Manager at the UCL GOS Institute of Health Informatics Child Health Informatic Group.  He is UCL's Project Manager for the ECHILD project.