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Prof Ruth Gilbert
UCL Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
Tel: 020 7905 2101
Fax: 020 7905 2793
  • Professor of Clinical Epidemiology
  • ICH Pop, Policy & Practice Prog
  • Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Professor Gilbert is acknowledged for her innovative contributions to the science of evidence-based child health. Her seminal work regarding cot death and sleeping position demonstrated a 20 year lag between evidence of harms of the advice given to parents and the introduction of policies to reverse this advice. Her research has led to significant advances in knowledge of the epidemiology, natural history and treatment of infections in pregnancy and early childhood. Her work has informed policy decisions on whether to stop, start or not introduce antenatal and newborn screening programmes and strategic priorities for research. Her meticulous studies of child maltreatment published in the Lancet are influencing WHO child maltreatment prevention policies. As deputy director of the Administrative Data Research Centre in England and her related role in the Farr Institute - she is at the forefront internationally in the use of clinical and administrative data for patient and public benefit and to accelerate translation of research into practice.
Research Summary

2013 Deputy Director   Administrative Data Research Centre, United Kingdom
2007 Professor of Clinical Epidemiology   UCL Institute of Child Health, United Kingdom
2003 – 2007 Reader in Clinical Epidemiology   UCL Institute of Child Health, United Kingdom
1996 Consultant Epidemiologist (Hon)   Great Ormond Street Hospital Trust (GOSH), United Kingdom
1995 Founder / Director Centre for Evidence-Based Child Health UCL Institute of Child Health, United Kingdom
1991 – 1996 Honorary senior registrar in infectious diseases   at Great Ormond Street Hospital, United Kingdom
1991 – 1996 Lecturer in Epidemiology, Wellcome Trust Training Fellow   UCL Institute of Child Health, United Kingdom
1989 – 1991 Lecturer in Child Health   Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Bristol, United Kingdom
1987 – 1989 Research Registrar   Royal United Hospital Bath and Bristol Children’s Hospital, United Kingdom
1983 – 1987 Senior house office posts   Various Hospitals in Bristol, Gloucester, Bath, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1996 FRCPCH Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
1993 MD Doctor of Medicine – Paediatrics University of Sheffield
1992 MSc Master of Science – Epidemiology London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1982 MB.ChB Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – Clinical Medicine University of Sheffield
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