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Dr Delanjathan Devakumar
3rd Floor
Institute of Child Health, UCL
London
WC1N 1EH
Appointment
  • Clinical Training Fellow/ NIHR Lecturer in Public Health
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

Delan is an Academic Clinical Lecturer in public health. He qualified from the University of Manchester and then worked in clinical paediatrics in the UK and New Zealand. After completing a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, he worked with Medecins Sans Frontieres as a paediatrician in Pakistan in 2006 (Kashmir earthquake), in South Sudan (cholera outbreak) in 2007 and Myanmar (post-cyclone Nargis) in 2008. He completed a masters in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD from UCL, funded by the Wellcome Trust. Delan is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Health Promotion committee and Global Health committee and the Faculty of Public Health Global Violence Prevention group. He is a commissioner and steering group member of the UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Delan's interests are in child health, in particular nutrition, humanitarian crises and conflict, migration, mental health, advocacy and ethics. His PhD research investigated the long-term effects of antenatal micronutrient supplementation in Nepal, focusing on growth and lung function. As part of this, he measured household air pollution and subsequently conducted a public engagement project using art. He has recently completed a public engagement project using film to discuss child marriage in Nepal. Delan currently has projects investigating the long-term health consequences of the Indian Ocean tsunami in Sri Lanka; the effects on mental health of community violence in adolescents in Brazil; and the mental health and wellbeing of adolescent refugees in Lebanon. 

Teaching Summary

Delan is the lead for the Global Maternal and Child Health module for BSc students. He also teaches on Global Health masters and undergraduate medical school courses. 

Academic Background
2014 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Child Health University College London
2010 MFPH Member of Faculty of Public Health – Public Health Faculty of Public Health
2009 MSc Master of Science – Public Health London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2006 DTM&H Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene – Paediatrics and Child Health Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
2005 MRCPCH Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health – Paediatrics and Child Health Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
2002 MB.ChB Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – Medicine University of Manchester
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