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UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


About Us

Message from the Director, Professor Rosalind Smyth

Professor Rosalind Smyth

Welcome to the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.

From the 1st August 2016, our name changed to the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. The inclusion of ‘Great Ormond Street’, is to reflect our close and strong partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital, whilst continuing to be faithful to our mission to improve all of child health.

In everything we do, we try to uphold UCL’s values: commitment to excellence and advancement on merit; fairness and equality; diversity; collegiately and community building; inclusiveness; openness; ethically acceptable standards of conduct; fostering innovation and creativity; developing leadership and environmental sustainability.

We have had a number of important successes with research funding recently. We were assessed in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014, where we made an important contribution to UCL’s performance, which ranked top in the UK for research power. In the clinical medical submission, we were specifically commended for the quality of our outputs, and for our research impact case studies. You can read our impressive 15 impact case studies on UCL’s Research Impact pages. More recently, in 2015, UCL was the most successful university in Europe in the Horizon 2020 funding round, where UCL co-ordinated 10 awards, and of these, three were co-ordinated from the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.

At ICH we offer an extensive range of Masters programmes, and short and taster courses relevant to child health. These courses are excellent examples of research led teaching, where our world class scientists deliver state of the art lectures, and these education programmes continue to expand.

Professor Rosalind Smyth CBE FMedSci
Director, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (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 ICH is focused on five scientific programmes and one cross-cutting theme:

ICH Academic Programmes

Four principles underpin these programmes:

Key principles

Research-led teaching

Building on the strengths provided by the academic programmes, 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

ICH building

The Institute is part of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences (FPHS), within UCL's School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS).

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Support Services at ICH

ICH Balcony

External organisations can access much of the expertise found within the Institute of Child Health (ICH) and Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH.

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Details about donating and fundraising to support our research programme. 

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