Centre for Inflammation Research

Child Life and Health

Child Life and Health provides undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and conducts research in paediatric and adolescent medicine.

We exist to foster and deliver internationally leading research and training into the causes, consequences and management of childhood onset diseases as well as optimising the healthy development of children and young people.

Our Research Themes

Respiratory – The study of respiratory conditions in children including allergy, asthma, inflammation, infection, cystic fibrosis and COVID-19.

Gastrointestinal Disorders – The study of gastrointestinal disease and how doctors and families can improve normal health and the health of children with chronic illness.

Neurology – The study of childhood and adolescent neurological conditions including epilepsy, brain trauma and learning difficulties.

Oncology – Research focused on cancer in children and young people.

Neonatology – The study of the medical conditions affecting newborn infants, especially the ill or premature newborn.

Endocrine – Research focusing on early life environmental, genetic and hormonal effects on childhood disorders.


We collaborate with National Health Service (NHS) Researchers including the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, the Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health and Community Paediatrics, Lothian Primary Care Trust and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

We also have ongoing collaborations within the University of Edinburgh with embedded researchers in the Queen's Medical Research Institute, Centre for Inflammation Research, Chancellors Building and the Centre for Molecular Medicine.


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