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Dr Michelle Heys, BMed Sci (behavioural sciences), BMBS, MRCPCH, DFPH, MPH, MD(Res)

Current position(s):

  • Associate Professor in Community and Population Child Health, Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, University College London, UK
  • Consultant Paediatrician and Associate Clinical Director, Specialist Children's Services, East London NHS Foundation Trust, UK
  • Academic lead for the British Association for Child and Adolescent Public Health (BACAPH), UK
  • Fellow: Collaboration for the Advancement of Sustainable Scientific and Medical Innovation, CASMI, UK


  • I am a Child and Adolescent Global Population Health Scientist and a clinically active paediatrican with over 12 years FTWE of experience in clinical paediatrics in the UK, Australia and Hong Kong; 3 years FTWE in public health (UK and Hong Kong); and just over 3 years FTWE for research post award of my MD(Res), (UK and Hong Kong).
  • I am a mixed methods researcher.
  • I am the PI for the NeoTree project: a co-produced eHealth solution to improve quality of care for sick and vulnerable newborns and thus reduce neonatal mortality in resource poor settings. The NeoTree is currently being co-developed and piloted in Malawi and Zimbabwe,, funded from Oct 2019 by a Wellcome Trust Digital Innovation Award.
  • My formative research training was in life course epidemiology, examining associations between adolescent exposures and later health outcomes of cognition and cardiovascular risk in Chinese adolescent and elder cohorts. I was the PI on the long-term follow-up of a cluster RCT of participatory women’s groups in rural Nepal and the co-investigator of a trial of an intervention to improve breast feeding rates in Hong Kong. I am a co-I of two ongoing trials: RCT of impact of prenatal VitB12 on infant development (India/Nepal) and RCT of prophylactic azithromycin to reduce respiratory complications in children and young people with non-progressive neurological impairment (UK/ Australia). In addition, in my role as head of evaluation (2015-2016), I co-led the design of a pragmatic cluster RCT and evaluation of a large, complex health services research project in South London: Children’s and Young People’s Health Partnership (Oct 2015-Dec 2016, £6.4 million grant).
  • I lead the clinical care in the community for children and young people with cerebral palsy in Newham, East London, where I also clinically care for those with other complex neurodisabilities and socially vulnerable children and young people.
  • I am the joint Associate Clinical Director for Specialist Children's and Young People's services in Newham, East London.
  • My current research projects are in the UK, Nepal, India, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Australia.

For full list of publications, please see

Grant summary: 18 grants, 9 as a principle investigator, and 9 as a co-investigator, total awarded: £4,089,686.66

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