Dr Sunil Bhopal
BSc MClinRes MBChB MRCPCH PhD
Honorary Assistant Professor
in Population Health Paediatrics
I am a UK-based academic paediatrician and hold the position of Honorary Assistant Professor at LSHTM alongside a substantive role as NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University.
Prior to re-joining Newcastle in 2020 I was Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellow at LSHTM (2015-2019).
I completed my PhD which was supervised by Prof Betty Kirkwood in 2019. My viva examiners were Dr Andrew Prendergast (QMUL) and Dr Melissa Gladstone (University of Liverpool). I was awarded the LSHTM Cicily Williams prize (for research advancing the health of vulnerable populations), and the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health Lorber prize (for best scientific paper in paediatrics by a pre-consultant grade medical practitioner) for my work done during this time.
My initial academic training was through the Academic Foundation Programme, then Academic Clinical Fellowship progammes in Newcastle. I would be delighted to supervise those who wish to follow this route.
My undergraduate degrees were in International Health (2008) and Medicine (2010) from the University of Leeds. I am a Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics by examination (2014) and my masters degree in clinical research was from Newcastle University (2015).
I am the convenor (chair) of the International Child Health Group, a specialty group of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health. 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.
At LSHTM, I taught on the following modules: Basic Epidemiology, Epidemiology in Practice, and Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes. I have lectured on Early Childhood Development at UCL & Oxford. I started and directed a teaching programme for final year medical students "Countdown to Finals" at Newcastle University.
My research aims to improve health and wellbeing for young children in low- and middle-income countries, and in the UK and focuses on the first thousand days through pregnancy and the early years of life which are critical to optimal lifelong health. I am particularly interested in the role of childhood adversity during this time, and science-based approaches to improving life chances for children living with adversity.
My publications are listed here: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1229-781X
I am currently working on the following as a collaborator/co-applicant:
1. The SPRING cluster randomised controlled trial in rural India & Pakistan (funded by Wellcome Trust)
2. A Sure start in slums? Nairobi Early Childcare in Slums (NECS) study (funded by British Academy Early Childhood Education Programme)
3. Examining the role of schooling in the cognitive and wider development of children in the Province of Punjab (Pakistan) and State of Gujarat (India): Establishing routes for sustainable education (funded by British Academy Early Childhood Education Programme)
4. Automated measurement of responsive caregiving at scale using machine learning (funded by Global Challenges Research Fund Frontiers of Development Seed Funding )
5. Improving Early Childhood Development in Ghana’s Inner-cities/“Zongos”: A child-centred perspective (funded by Global Challenges Research Fund Frontiers of Development Seed Funding)
I am also working on a number of projects relating to advocacy for children and young people, child rights, racism & health, and the UK COVID response.
I would be delighted to hear from students looking for projects within any of these areas.