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Dr Sunil Bhopal

BSc MClinRes MBChB MRCPCH

Research Fellow
Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellow

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+442079272620

I am a UK-based academic paediatrician in training with research interests 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 clinical training from Newcastle University (2012-2015).

I am the convenor of the International Child Health Group, a specialty group of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health. I also sit on the Paediatrics & Child Health Council of the Royal Society of Medicine. I was previously a trustee of the student global health charity Medsin (now Students for Global Health).

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.

Affiliations

Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Population Health

Centres

Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)

Teaching

At LSHTM, I teach on the following modules: Basic Epidemiology, Epidemiology in Practice, and Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes. I started and directed a teaching programme for final year medical students "Countdown to Finals" at Newcastle University.

Research

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
Discipline
Molecular epidemiology
Epidemiology
Nutrition
Country
India

Selected Publications

Emergency obstetric referral in rural Sierra Leone: what can motorbike ambulances contribute? A mixed-methods study
Bhopal, S.S.; Halpin, S.J.; Gerein, N.
2013
Maternal and child health journal
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.
2011
PloS one
P2-372 Rates of childhood cancer in females remain lower than expected in developing countries
Bhopal, S.; Mann, K.; Pearce, M.
2011
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.
2011
JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL ORIGINS OF HEALTH AND DISEASE
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.;
2010
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.
2010
Primary Health Care Research & Development
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