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Professor Terence Stephenson: new Nuffield Professor of Child Health

16 April 2009

Professor Terence Stephenson has been appointed Nuffield Professor of Child Health at the UCL Institute of Child Health, effective from 1 October 2009.

Professor Terence Stephenson

Professor Stephenson said: "I'm delighted to have been awarded this Chair at the UCL Institute of Child Health. It is a true leader in its field, at the heart of one of the world's best universities. I look forward to working with my colleagues there to further strengthen the institute's academic reputation and relationships with key partners."

Professor Stephenson has recently become the new President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and previously held the position of its Vice-President for Research & Science. He has also held positions as Dean of the Medical School and Professor of Child Health at the University of Nottingham and as a non-executive Director of the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

His research reflects his longstanding clinical interests in neonatal medicine and paediatric emergencies. He has given evidence in court on child protection cases on over 50 occasions, co-authored eight textbooks, written 45 invited chapters or editorials and published 123 peer reviewed papers.

The Nuffield Chair was last held by Professor Sir Al Aynsley Green, now Commissioner for Children (England).


UCL context

Along with its partner hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, the UCL Institute for Child Health is the largest centre for paediatric research outside the US. It plays a key role in training children's health specialists for the future and conducts world-class research into the causes and prevention of childhood diseases.

Child health is one of seven key areas that UCL Partners (UCLP) will focus on following its recent successful bid to become one of the UK's first academic health science centres. UCLP is a partnership between UCL and four of London's biggest and best known hospital trusts: Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust (GOSH); Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust; and UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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