Professor Helen Cross is the Prince of Wales’ Chair of Childhood Epilepsy based at University College Hospital (UCL), Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and Young Epilepsy.
She is also Deputy Head of the Developmental Neurosciences Programme at UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH) and was recently elected as Secretary General to the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), where she is the first woman to be elected to the executive committee in over 100 years of its existence. Here, she tells us a little about her research and her role at GOSH.
A new study, led by Joanna Lewis from Great Ormond Street Hospital’s research partner the UCL Institute of Child Health, has shown that starting children with HIV on antiretroviral treatments before the age of six increases their likelihood of surviving into adulthood with a stronger immune system.
Researchers are set to rewrite the charts they use to assess children’s lungs and diagnose respiratory conditions, following an extensive study of more than 2,000 primary school pupils in London.
Last week, major supporters of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity were treated to a research symposium in London showcasing some of the pioneering research that has made breakthroughs in medicine possible at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The Centre, estimated to cost £66 million to build and equip, will bring together clinical and research expertise from Great Ormond Street Hospital and UCL, in particular the Institute of Child Health.
© Jose Ignacio Soto – Fotolia.comDr Elina Hyppönen has been based at the UCL Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital’s research partner, and studying vitamin D-related diseases since completing her PhD studies in Finland over ten years ago. “I suppose ultimately, my aim is to keep children out of Great Ormond Street Hospital,” she says.
A team based at the UCL Institute of Child Health (Great Ormond Street Hospital’s research partner) have achieved a breakthrough in the treatment of heart disease, after finding a means of repairing cells damaged during cardiac arrest in mice.
Palliative care is a specialised area of healthcare focused on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients. Great Ormond Street Hospital and the UCL Institute of Child Health are marking a new chapter with the opening of the Louis Dundas Centre for Children’s Palliative Care.
Great Ormond Street HospitalAfter raising over £60,000 for our Louis Dundas Centre for Children’s Palliative Care appeal by climbing Mount Aconcagua in 2009, Johnny Bergius claimed he would never do another adventure again. This didn’t last very long!