The Centre welcomes anyone and everyone who is concerned with the wellbeing of children, whether as a researcher, clinician, and educator of whatever discipline. We aim to reach out across College and West London to foster collaboration for the benefit of the present and future generations of children, our most precious asset.

Our mission

We will be the voice for children within Imperial College London and beyond, working closely with our NHS colleagues across West London, to

  1. Drive forward world-class, multidisciplinary research in all aspects of newborn and child health, and the genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors which subvert child development. We will work in partnership with children and families to advance research and to champion the rights of all children to be involved in research that will benefit children.
  2. Ensure an environment which will nurture the next generation of clinicians and scientists who will advance high quality, ethical paediatric research 
  3. Promote excellent holistic undergraduate and postgraduate education to equip our trainees to be inquisitive and able to contribute to advances in paediatrics and child health,  promoting healthy development and the early identification of disease in future generations of children
  4. Engage with children, young people and the community, to promote science and medicine, and facilitate their access to the incredible opportunities at Imperial College      

While striving for these aims, we will energetically oppose all forms of discrimination, whether based on gender, orientation, race or any other factor, and whether such discrimination limits the ability of a child to achieve their potential, or stands in the way of academic or clinical staff gaining the recognition and progress that they merit.

Centre leadership

Centre leadership

  • Professor Andy Bush

    Professor Andy Bush

    Personal details

    Professor Andy Bush Director; Professor of Paediatric Respirology

    44 (0)20 7352 8121 ext 2255

    Bio

    Professor Andrew Bush is the Professor of Paediatrics and Paediatric Respirology, National Heart and Lung Institute, and Consultant Paediatric Chest Physician, Royal Brompton Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.

    Location

    Chelsea Wing, Royal Brompton Campus

  • Professor Gareth Tudor-Williams

    Professor Gareth Tudor-Williams

    Personal details

    Professor Gareth Tudor-Williams Deputy Director; Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases

    +44 (0)20 7594 3716

    Bio

    Gareth Tudor-Williams is a Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases at Imperial College London, and Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, St. Mary’s Hospital, London.

    Location

    250, 2nd Floor, Norfolk Place, St Mary's Campus

  • Professor Mireille Toledano

    Professor Mireille Toledano

    Personal details

    Professor Mireille Toledano Mohn Chair; Population Child Health & Director-Mohn Centre

    Bio

    Professor Mireille Toledano is an epidemiologist with wide-ranging interests in the health effects of environmental exposures, with particular focus on environmental-omics exposures in the reproductive period, and early life through to adolescence.

    Location

    525, Medical School, St Mary's Campus

  • Professor Sejal Saglani

    Professor Sejal Saglani

    Personal details

    Professor Sejal Saglani Professor of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine

    +44 (0)20 7594 3167

    Bio

    Sejal Saglani leads the Paediatric Severe Asthma Group within the Section of Inflammation, Repair and Development and is Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Royal Brompton Hospital.

    Location

    368, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, South Kensington Campus

  • Dr Aubrey Cunnington

    Dr Aubrey Cunnington

    Personal details

    Dr Aubrey Cunnington Reader in Paediatric Infectious Diseases

    +44 (0)20 7594 3695

    Bio

    Dr Aubrey Cunnington is the Head of the Section and Reader in Paediatric Infectious Disease, and also an Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

    Location

    244, Norfolk Place, St Mary's Campus

  • Dr Vanessa Sancho-Shimizu

    Dr Vanessa Sancho-Shimizu

    Personal details

    Dr Vanessa Sancho-Shimizu Lecturer

    +44 (0)20 7594 3914

    Bio

    Dr Vanessa Sancho-Shimizu is currently working on understanding the Mendelian predisposition to rare childhood infections specifically: identifying genes underlying childhood (1) herpes simplex encephalitis (HSE), (2) severe viral infections, and (3) invasive meningococcal disease (IMD).

    Location

    309, Norfolk Place, St Mary's Campus

  • Dr Harry Leitch

    Dr Harry Leitch

    Personal details

    Dr Harry Leitch Clinical Lecturer

    +44 (0)208 383 8823

    Bio

    Harry Leitch is an Academic Clinical Fellow in Clinical Genetics in the Institute for Clinical Sciences, and leads the Germline & Pluripotency group at the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences.

    Location

    2nd Floor, CRB (Clinical Research Building), Hammersmith Campus

  • Dr Martin Gray

    Dr Martin Gray

    Personal details

    Dr Martin Gray Consultant Paediatrician

    Bio

    Dr Gray is an associate medical director, a paediatric intensivist and lead consultant for the children’s high dependency unit at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital (C&W). He is a clinical informaticist, deputy chief clinical information officer at C&W, and a fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics

    Location

    Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

International Advisory Board

Professor Frank Bloomfield
Director, Liggins Institute
Professor of Neonatology, The University of Auckland, Auckland 

Professor Shoo K. Lee, OC, DHC, PhD, FRCPC, MBBS
Professor of Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Public Health, University of Toronto
Neonatologist & Director of The Maternal Infant Care Research Center (MiCARE), Mount Sinai Hospital; Toronto, Ontario Canada

Professor Berthold Koletzko
Professor of Paediatrics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, LMU University Hospitals, Muenchen, Germany

Professor Colleen A. Kraft, MD, MBA, FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California
2018 President, American Academy of Pediatrics
Division of General Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Professor Melissa Wake, Paediatrician FAHMS MBChB FRACP MD GradDip Obst & Gynae
Scientific Director, GenV & Group Leader, Prevention Innovation
Professorial Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne
Honorary Professor, Dept of Paediatrics & Liggins Institute, The University of Auckland
Group Leader, Murdoch Children's Research Institute