UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Research Strategy

Our mission

Through our research, teaching and translational activities, we aim to improve the health of children and young people now and throughout their adult lives.

Our academic expertise

We are a multi-disciplinary group of academics with an international reputation for innovative discovery science, translational research and teaching that shape clinical practice, health service provision and public health policy. Our scientific expertise is wide ranging and encompasses both quantitative and qualitative methods. This expertise includes epidemiology (classical, life-course, social, clinical and genetic), biostatistics, data science, psychology, medical sociology and anthropology. We undertake research in a broad range of specialist areas with the ambition of enhancing child health and development in its broadest sense, including addressing the determinants of health and improving prevention, treatment and supportive care. Our interests encompass common and rare communicable and non-communicable disorders affecting physical, mental and sensory health, alongside child growth and nutrition, child development, health-related behaviour, childhood disability and the impact of serious illness on the child and family. Our collaborations include national and international academic and policy networks and alliances with the 3rd sector as well as NHS partners including Great Ormond Street Hospital. Our research is undertaken with active participation by children, young people and families.


Our strategic aims

Our research and teaching will be directed at:

• Improving understanding of aetiology through identification of the biological, economic, social and behavioral factors that act prenatally or during childhood to shape health and disease across the life-course and understanding the pathways through which they act

•Developing scientific methods for child health including in data science, health informatics, biostatistics, and mixed methods research

• Identifying both the population-level burden of specific disorders/conditions and the person-level impact on affected children and their families of living with illness or disability, including inter-relationships between child and parental health

• Reducing health inequalities and improving population health by identifying the policy, health, education, and social interventions that can best work together to promote health and prevent, or diagnose and treat, childhood disorders and disabilities

• Integrating research into practice and policy through translation into evidence-based clinical, social care, and public health