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Miss Juliet Oerton
Population, Policy and Practice Programme
UCL Institute of Child Health
Tel: 020 7905 2241
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • ICH Pop, Policy & Practice Prog
  • Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Juliet originally studied Psychology at Exeter University. Juliet's background is in Health Service Research, working as a researcher in a service department of Public Health for 12 years. During this time, Juliet completed a Diploma in Pyschology and Health (1991) and a MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1996.

Prior to joining the UCL Institute of Child Health in 2003, Juliet took a departure from Public Health to work on a 3 year study funded by the Home Office to evaluate Arrest Referral Services for drug users in London.

In 2010, Juliet completed the PRINCE 2 Practitioner course in project management.

Juliet’s main research interests are maternal and child health in relation to newborn screening.

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Research Summary

Juliet was involved in the five-year Department of Health funded study – the UK Collaborative Study of Newborn Screening for Medium chain acyl CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (UKCSNS MCADD). This study led to the implementation, in March 2009, of MCADD screening across England for all newborn babies.

Juliet worked on the UK collaborative surveillance study Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia.  The overall objective of this project was to determine the incidence of CAH in children under the age of 16 years in the UK and to inform public health decision making in relation to newborn screening policy.

Currently, Juliet is working on a surveillance study of Congenital Hypothyroidism. This study aims to determine how many babies and children are diagnosed with primary congenital hypothyroidism (CHT), and to describe their characteristics, diagnostic tests and initial treatment. Additional information will be collected about each child’s health after one and two years, particularly to define transient cases. In a population covered by newborn screening, this study will determine the incidence and characteristics of children diagnosed with primary congenital hypothyroidism, the proportion and outcomes of those detected by screening as well as to describe variations in clinical management and care.

Academic Background
1996 MSc Master of Science – Epidemiology London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1991 Dip. Diploma – Health Psychology Middlesex University
1984 BSc Bachelor of Science – Psychology University of Exeter
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