Dr Sunil Bhopal
BSc MClinRes MBChB MRCPCH PhD
Visiting Research Fellow
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.
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.
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.