Pursuing cross-disciplinary research and education to address childhood physical and mental health challenges and inequalities in the urban environment
The Mohn Centre has been established following a £25M gift from Marit Mohn (MSc Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology 1973) to establish a world-leading centre for children’s health and wellbeing in the School of Public Health. The Mohn Centre for Children’s Health and Wellbeing draws together expertise from across Imperial College London to pursue research and education on the understanding and prevention of children’s health issues.
The establishment of the Centre is central to the School’s move to White City, and will allow for the School of Public Health to create a new vision for children’s health and wellbeing that will transform urban living for children, particularly those in society’s most deprived communities. As early-life experiences affect life-long health our research will unpick the complex network of interactions between genetic and environmental factors to address important childhood physical and mental health challenges and current health inequalities. By bringing together our best academics, clinicians, medical students and public health practitioners we will create effective preventions and early interventions for children, families and young people. Key to the success of the Centre will be to promote effective cross-disciplinary collaborations with academic, government, industry, and voluntary sector partners as well as engaging local communities to ensure lifelong improvements in health and well being.
Led by Professor Mireille Toledano, Mohn Chair in Population Child Health and Director of the new Centre, the Centre will work closely with the White City community to address local issues and challenges but the benefit will be felt across West London, the UK and Internationally.
Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones
A cohort study which will follow several thousand secondary school pupils across London to investigate whether children’s use of mobile phones and/or other technologies that use radio waves might affect their cognitive or behavioural development e.g. attention, memory, language understanding.