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Dr Gabriella Conti awarded prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize

17 October 2019

Associate Professor Gabriella Conti (UCL Economics) has been honoured with a prestigious 2019 Philip Leverhulme Prize.

Gabriella Conti

The Philip Leverhulme Prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising.

Thirty prize winners have been recognised across the subject areas of archaeology, chemistry, economics, engineering, geography, and languages and literatures. Each of the 30 prize winners receives £100,000 which can be used over two or three years to advance their research.

Dr Conti received her prize in the Economics category. Her research explores the health effects of early life interventions, both in humans and in nonhuman primates; the importance of prenatal investments and fetal development for longterm outcomes; and the effects of health insurance on health in developing countries.

Commenting on the prize, Dr Conti said: “It is a great honour to be awarded the PLP. The prize funds will allow me to coherently expand my research in an exciting direction, to study the oldest universal early health promotion programme: health visiting in England.”

Earlier this year, Dr Conti received the Nick Hales Award from the International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. Gabriella is also a recent recipient of a five-year European Research Council Consolidator Award for her project ‘The developmental origins of health: Biology, shocks, investments, and policies’.