Dr Cally Tann


Associate Professor
in Child Health & Evaluation


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

Cally's research interests are in global newborn health, perinatal brain injury and early child development outcomes and interventions in low resource settings. She has lived and worked in Uganda on studies on risk factors for, and outcomes from, newborn brain injury and developing early intervention strategies for infants affected by developmental disability. She works closely with Joy Lawn in the MARCH Centre, leading on aspects of research in global child health and early child development. She leads the global newborn health faculty teaching aspects of newborn care in low resource settings on the East African and London DTM&H.  


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Department of Clinical Research


Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


Cally teaches on clinical newborn care in low resource settings on the UK and East African DTM&H, at the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health (Child Health in Low-resource Settings (CHiLS) and on a number of MSc & BSc course at UCL. She is Master Trainer for Helping Babies Breathe, a programme for neonatal resuscitation in LMICs. She is the Neonatal Unit Training Director at UCLH and is a College Tutor at the RCPCH. 


Cally completed the DTM&H and the MSc in Tropical Medicine & International Health at LSHTM in 2003. Between 2010-13 she was a Wellcome Trust research training fellow on the LSHTM Clinical PhD programme and went on to complete her clinical training in the UK in Neonatal Medicine in 2014. In her clinical work she is a Consultant on the tertiarty level Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UCLH, specialising in neonatal neurocritical care and neurodevelopmental follow-up. Her clinical and research interests focus on newborn health and early childhood outcomes in low resource settings, in particular neonatal encephalopathy. She is the chief investigator on the ABAaNA studies in Uganda, which focus on risk factors for and early outcomes from neonatal encephalopathy and early identification and intervention for children with developmental disability as a result of perinatal events.

As a member of the MARCH centre and in collaboration with Prof Joy Lawn, Cally has led on aspects of the global landscaping of Group B Streptococcal infection amongst women and newborns and the impact analysis of the Saving Brains portfolio of Early Child Development interventions. She is the co-Chief Investigator on an RCT examining the feasibility of an early intervention programme for young children with developmental disability in Uganda in collaboration with the International Centre for Evidence in Disability and the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit. She is collaboratively working with ICED in the development of an early intervention programme to support children with Congenital Zika Syndrome and their families.  

Research Area
Child health
Complex interventions
Perinatal health
Neonatal health
Disease and Health Conditions
Neurological disease
United Kingdom
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Early cranial ultrasound findings amongst infants with neonatal encephalopathy in Uganda: an observational study.
Tann, C.J.; Nakakeeto, M.; Hagmann, C.; Webb, E.L.; Nyombi, N.; Namiiro, F.; Harvey-Jones, K.; Muhumuza, A.; Burgoine, K.; Elliott, A.M.; Kurinczuk, J.J.; Robertson, N.J.; Cowan, F.M.;
Pediatr Res
Maternal experiences of caring for an infant with neurological impairment after neonatal encephalopathy in Uganda: a qualitative study
Nakamanya, S.; Siu, G.E.; Lassman, R.; Seeley, J.; Tann, C.J.
Disability and Rehabilitation
Prevalence of Bloodstream Pathogens Is Higher in Neonatal Encephalopathy Cases vs. Controls Using a Novel Panel of Real-Time PCR Assays.
Tann, C.J. ; Nkurunziza, P. ; Nakakeeto, M. ; Oweka, J. ; Kurinczuk, J.J. ; Were, J. ; Nyombi, N. ; Hughes, P. ; Willey, B.A. ; Elliott, A.M. ; Robertson, N.J. ; Klein, N. ; Harris, K.A. ;
PLoS One
Use of antenatal services and delivery care in Entebbe, Uganda: a community survey.
Tann, C.J.; Kizza, M.; Morison, L.; Mabey, D.; Muwanga, M.; Grosskurth, H.; Elliott, A.M.;
BMC Pregnancy Childbirth
Lack of effectiveness of syndromic management in targeting vaginal infections in pregnancy in Entebbe, Uganda.
Tann, C.J.; Mpairwe, H.; Morison, L.; Nassimu, K.; Hughes, P.; Omara, M.; Mabey, D.; Muwanga, M.; Grosskurth, H.; Elliott, A.M.;
Sex Transm Infect
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