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Prof Catherine Law
Appointment
  • Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology
  • ICH Pop, Policy & Practice Prog
  • Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

Catherine graduated in medicine from University of London in 1979. She trained in paediatrics and academic child health in London, gaining her doctorate at the Institute of Child Health, and proceeding to postdoctoral studies in maternal and child health at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, USA.

After returning to the UK in 1987, she held an academic post at the Medical Research Council Environmental Epidemiology Unit (now MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit), University of Southampton until 2003, as well as honorary posts in public health medicine at regional and district health authorities. She is now Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology in the Centre for Paediatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCL Institute of Child Health, and an honorary consultant (in public health medicine) in Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust.

Research Summary

Catherine's research programme on public health for children produces primary and secondary research with direct application to policy and policymaking. Catherine’s research interests include the wider determinants of health, a life course approach to developing health policy, obesity and physical growth, health behaviours, and inequalities in child health.

Catherine has an active interest in the use and development of research for public policy. She was the scientific secretary of the Independent Inquiry into Inequalities in Health (1997-8), commissioned by the previous UK Government to inform its health policy, co-ordinated the Department of Health’s Research and Development Strategy for Public Health (2001), and collated the evidence base for the National Service Framework for Children and Young People (2004, Department of Health). She continues to work with the Department of Health and other policymaking organisations at the interface of research and policy.

Catherine is also Chair of the Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee of NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence,http://www.nice.org.uk); Programme Director for the NIHR Public Health Research Programme (http://www.phr.ac.uk), and Co-Director of the Policy Research Unit in the the Health of Children, Young People and Families (CPRU, http://www.ucl.ac.uk/cpru/). She is also a member of the Public Health Research Consortium (PHRC,http://www.york.ac.uk/phrc/). The CPRU and PHRC are funded by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme. Catherine is an NIHR Senior Investigator.

Academic Background
1989 MD Doctor of Medicine To be updated
1981 MRCP Member of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
1979 MBBS Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery University of London
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