Section of Paediatrics

The Section of Paediatrics encompasses four world-class research groups:

Allergy - The Paediatric Allergy Research Group led by Professor Adnan Custovic has a thriving research programme which integrates the excellence in clinical research and computationally-intensive data analysis with biological models and allergenic molecules. This provides a unique combination of translational research in asthma and food allergies, with the overall aim to build the scientific basis of clinical allergy.

Paediatric Infectious Diseases - The Paediatric Infectious Diseases Research Group at Imperial College London is an internationally recognised, leading research team focused on improving diagnosis, treatment and prevention of severe and life-threatening infections in children. The group has made major contributions to a number of severe childhood infections including meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia, childhood tuberculosis, severe malaria and Kawasaki disease.

Neonatology - The Neonatology Research Group's chief focus is the newborn infant and current research encompasses the impact of perinatal factors - such as mode of delivery and neonatal care on life-long health and well-being; the use of routinely recorded clinical data to improve neonatal care; and developing novel magnetic resonance and electrophysiological biomarkers to quantify brain injury, and in deploying these for evaluating perinatal neuroprotective therapies.

Child Public Health and Health Services Research - Headed by Dr Mitch Blair, the group is examining how health services in the UK and Europe can be optimised to improve children and young people’s health. Current research themes include the comparison and redesign of models of primary child health care in Europe; early years child public health preventive interventions; unscheduled care in pre-schoolers; and Vitamin D deficiency rickets surveillance.

Research groups and centre leadership

Research interests and areas


A selection of the Section's key research areas:

  • data analysis of biological models and allergenic molecules
  • translational research in asthma and food allergies
  • comparison and redesign of models of primary child health care in Europe
  • early years child public health preventive interventions 
  • Vitamin D deficiency rickets surveillance
  • developing novel magnetic resonance and electrophysiological biomarkers to quantify brain injury
  • meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia
  • childhood tuberculosis
  • severe malaria and Kawasaki disease
  • The Centre for International Child Health

Section leadership


Head of Paediatrics
Professor Andrew Bush is interested in the invasive and non-invasive measurement of airway inflammation in children, in particular, the use of endobronchial biopsy in the management of severe asthma, and also respiratory mass spectrometry.

Further information on Professor Bush

Principal Investigators within the Section

Dr Parviz Habibi

Dr Parviz Habibi

Dr Parviz Habibi
Clinical Reader