Dr Cally Tann


Associate Professor
Global Newborn Health & Early Child Development


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, and leads the global newborn health faculty teaching aspects of newborn care in low resource settings on the East African and London DTM&H.  


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


Centre for 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 Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health. 


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

Elevated serum IL-10 is associated with severity of neonatal encephalopathy and adverse early childhood outcomes.
Pang R; Mujuni BM; Martinello KA; Webb EL; Nalwoga A; Ssekyewa J; Musoke M; Kurinczuk JJ; Sewegaba M; Cowan FM
Pediatric research
The nutritional status of children living within institutionalized care: a systematic review.
DeLacey E; Tann C; Groce N; Kett M; Quiring M; Bergman E; Garcia C; Kerac M
Community-based family and carer-support programmes for children with disabilities
Heys M; Lakhanpaul M; Allaham S; Manikam L; Owugha J; Oulton K; Morris C; Martin KR; Tann C; Martin J
Paediatrics and Child Health
Serial blood cytokine and chemokine mRNA and microRNA over 48 h are insult specific in a piglet model of inflammation-sensitized hypoxia-ischaemia.
Lingam I; Avdic-Belltheus A; Meehan C; Martinello K; Ragab S; Peebles D; Barkhuizen M; Tann CJ; Tachtsidis I; Wolfs TGAM
Pediatric research
Rating early child development outcome measurement tools for routine health programme use.
Boggs D; Milner KM; Chandna J; Black M; Cavallera V; Dua T; Fink G; Kc A; Grantham-McGregor S; Hamadani J
Archives of disease in childhood
Core temperature after birth in babies with neonatal encephalopathy in a sub-Saharan African hospital setting.
Enweronu-Laryea C; Martinello KA; Rose M; Manu S; Tann CJ; Meek J; Ahor-Essel K; Boylan GB; Robertson NJ
The Journal of physiology
Contextual design choices and partnerships for scaling early child development programmes.
Milner KM; Bernal Salazar R; Bhopal S; Brentani A; Britto PR; Dua T; Gladstone M; Goh E; Hamadani J; Hughes R
Archives of disease in childhood
Counting outcomes, coverage and quality for early child development programmes.
Milner KM; Bhopal S; Black M; Dua T; Gladstone M; Hamadani J; Hughes R; Kohli-Lynch M; Manji K; Ponce Hardy V
Archives of disease in childhood
Global perspectives of premature birth across the life course.
Williams CL; Tann CJ
The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health
Contribution of perinatal conditions to cerebral palsy in Uganda.
Hassell J; Tann C; Idro R; Robertson NJ
The Lancet Global health
Service readiness for inpatient care of small and sick newborns: what do we need and what can we measure now?
Moxon SG; Guenther T; Gabrysch S; Enweronu-Laryea C; Ram PK; Niermeyer S; Kerber K; Tann CJ; Russell N; Kak L
Journal of global health
Strategies to improve newborn health and reduce stillbirths.
Sadoo S; Blencowe H; Tann C; Lawn J
Global Maternal and Child Health
Early Childhood Outcomes After Neonatal Encephalopathy in Uganda: A Cohort Study.
Tann CJ; Webb EL; Lassman R; Ssekyewa J; Sewegaba M; Musoke M; Burgoine K; Hagmann C; Deane-Bowers E; Norman K
Evaluating the impact of a community-based parent training programme for children with cerebral palsy in Ghana.
Zuurmond M; O'Banion D; Gladstone M; Carsamar S; Kerac M; Baltussen M; Tann CJ; Gyamah Nyante G; Polack S
PloS one
Neurodevelopmental Impairment in Children After Group B Streptococcal Disease Worldwide: Systematic Review and Meta-analyses.
Kohli-Lynch M; Russell NJ; Seale AC; Dangor Z; Tann CJ; Baker CJ; Bartlett L; Cutland C; Gravett MG; Heath PT
Clinical infectious diseases
Estimates of the Burden of Group B Streptococcal Disease Worldwide for Pregnant Women, Stillbirths, and Children.
Seale AC; Bianchi-Jassir F; Russell NJ; Kohli-Lynch M; Tann CJ; Hall J; Madrid L; Blencowe H; Cousens S; Baker CJ
Clinical infectious diseases
Neonatal Encephalopathy With Group B Streptococcal Disease Worldwide: Systematic Review, Investigator Group Datasets, and Meta-analysis.
Tann CJ; Martinello KA; Sadoo S; Lawn JE; Seale AC; Vega-Poblete M; Russell NJ; Baker CJ; Bartlett L; Cutland C
Clinical infectious diseases
Perinatal risk factors for neonatal encephalopathy: an unmatched case-control study.
Tann CJ; Nakakeeto M; Willey BA; Sewegaba M; Webb EL; Oke I; Mutuuza ED; Peebles D; Musoke M; Harris KA
Archives of disease in childhood Fetal and neonatal edition
Early cranial ultrasound findings among infants with neonatal encephalopathy in Uganda: an observational study.
Tann CJ; Nakakeeto M; Hagmann C; Webb EL; Nyombi N; Namiiro F; Harvey-Jones K; Muhumuza A; Burgoine K; Elliott AM
Pediatric research
Inflammation-induced sensitization of the brain in term infants.
Fleiss B; Tann CJ; Degos V; Sigaut S; Van Steenwinckel J; Schang A-L; Kichev A; Robertson NJ; Mallard C; Hagberg H
Developmental medicine and child neurology
Prevalence of bloodstream pathogens is higher in neonatal encephalopathy cases vs. controls using a novel panel of real-time PCR assays.
Tann CJ; Nkurunziza P; Nakakeeto M; Oweka J; Kurinczuk JJ; Were J; Nyombi N; Hughes P; Willey BA; Elliott AM
PloS one
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