International Child Health
Working with Professor Harry Campbell at the Centre for Population Health Sciences, I carried out systematic reviews related to child health in the developing world. In particular we examined caregiver recognition of childhood illness, and the epidemiology of neonatal sepsis, the results of which were presented at a Gates Foundation funded workshop in Dubrovnik in 2014. I acted as the rapporteur for the 2013 Global Health Symposium hosted by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. I am the lead investigator for the DIVERGE Consortium, which is carrying out whole genome sequencing of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) samples from sites in five low and middle income countries worldwide.
I am the author of a widely cited review concerned with the nutrition of extremely preterm infants, and as member of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine Working Group on the Use of Donor Human Milk (DHM) published a systematic review examining the impact of the use of DHM on maternal breastfeeding rates. I am also a Board Member for the Epidemiology Section of the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR); you can read my most recent contribution to the Section here.
My undergraduate dissertation applied Niche Construction Theory to the first hominin expansion from Africa (‘Out of Africa 1’) in the Lower Palaeolithic ca 1.8 million years ago. Subsequent to this I discussed the evolutionary implications of Corticobasal Degeneration, a progressive neurological disorder that affects the ability to perform transitive movements. Most recently, at a NERC funded workshop, I examined whether prematurity may be a Predictive Adaptive Responsive to adverse early life conditions, a topic covered in a review I authored for Archives of Disease in Childhood, and which I have also published a systematic review on.
Science and Society
I am a contributor to the Dublin Review of Books , the LSE Review of Books, and the San Francisco Review of Books. I have written essays on our current understanding of genomics, gene editing technologies, the role of science in shaping moral values, big data and the role of metrics in Global Health. I am a trustee for a charity called Reaching the Unreached , a grassroots organisation working in rural villages in South India. I am also the Tibetan Music Reviewer for Songlines World Music Magazine.