Dr Sunil Bhopal


Research Fellow
Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellow

Keppel Street
United Kingdom


I am a UK-based academic paediatrician in training with an interest in global child health. Before joining LSHTM I completed my medical degree with an intercalation in International Health from the University of Leeds (2004-2010), and completed a part time masters degree in clinical research alongside my clinical training from Newcastle University (2012-2015).

I am a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Advocacy Committee and sit on the Paediatrics & Child Health Council of the Royal Society of Medicine. I am a trustee of the new charity The Dr Nana Gruer Health Initiative Ghana which aims to protect and improve health for people living in rural Ghana. I was previously a trustee of the student global health charity Medsin.

My research aims to improve health for young children in low- and middle-income countries and currently focuses on the first thousand days which is a critical period for child growth and development. I am particularly interested in the role of Early Life Stress during this time.


Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


I started and directed a teaching programme for final year medical students "Countdown to Finals" at Newcastle University. I am currently based at Sangath, India and am involved with the in-house teaching programme here.


I was awarded a Research Training Fellowship by the Wellcome Trust in March 2015 and my PhD (supervised by Professor Betty Kirkwood) explores the role of Early Life Stress in young children enrolled in the SPRING (Sustainable Programme Incorporating Nutrition and Games) Programme in rural Haryana, India. This programme is being evaluated by a cluster randomised controlled trial and my study adds the collection of over two thousand biological samples as well administration of questionnaires to six hundred families based in 120 villages in the study area. The aim is to explore whether SPRING impacts on these children's stress levels, measured using cortisol - the end product of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.

I previously completed the Academic Foundation Programme and was an Academic Clinical Fellow in Newcastle upon Tyne. My previous supervisors include Professor Mark Pearce at Newcastle University, Dr Nancy Gerein at The University of Leeds and Professor Igor Rudan at The University of Edinburgh.

Research Area
Child health
Clinical trials
Complex interventions
Global Health
Randomised controlled trials
Molecular epidemiology

Selected Publications

Estimating pneumonia deaths of post-neonatal children in countries of low or no death certification in 2008
Theodoratou, E.; Zhang, J.; Kolcic, I.; Davis, A.M.; Bhopal, S.; Nair, H.; Chan, K.Y.; Liu, L.; Johnson, H.; Rudan, I.
PloS one
P2-372 Rates of childhood cancer in females remain lower than expected in developing countries
Bhopal, S.; Mann, K.; Pearce, M.
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
The influence of early growth on bone mineral density at age 9-14 years in children born preterm
Bhopal, S.; Mann, K.D.; Embleton, N.; Korada, M.; Cheetham, T.D.; Pearce, M.S.
The effect of Haemophilus influenzae type b and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines on childhood pneumonia incidence, severe morbidity and mortality.
Theodoratou, E.; Johnson, S.; Jhass, A.; Madhi, S.A.; Clark, A.; Boschi-Pinto, C.; Bhopal, S.; Rudan, I.; Campbell, H.;
Int J Epidemiol
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs prescribing in chronic kidney disease: an observational study
Bhopal, S.; Chan, J.; Ellis, O.; Graham, S.; Halpin, S.; Lawrence, T.; Laws, J.; Howes, A.-M.
Primary Health Care Research & Development
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