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TRiCC Annual Lecture

The TRiCC annual lecture is an important part of our mission. The remit is to stimulate thought, challenge preconceived ideas and provoke us to consider how we might best work together as researchers to produce innovative and impactful research with potential to transform children's lives.

TRiCC 2019 Annual Lecture - Professor Neil Marlow - "Young adult preterm: fit for the future?", in conjunction with the Children's Research Network, 4th December 2019

We were delighted to welcome paediatrician and expert in neuroscience and child development, Professor Neil Marlow to deliver our 2019 TRiCC Annual Lecture entitled "Young adult preterm: fit for the future?" on 4th December 2019. The lecture was be welcomed by Eleanor Molloy, Professor of Paediatrics, and Director of TRiCC.

This year's lecture was held in conjunction with the Children's Research Network of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which has its home in TRiCC and held its Annual Conference the following day in Trinity involving more than 60 speakers and a keynote by Dr Conor O'Mahony, Special Rapporteur on Child Protection. More information on the conference is available on

Download Professor Marlow's Presentation (pdf)

Professor Neil Marlow

Biography: Neil Marlow is Professor of Neonatal Medicine at University College London and current Chair of the NHS England Neonatal Critical Care Clinical Reference Group. He is the Chair of the ongoing NHS England Neonatal Transformation Review.

He took up his appointment at UCL following 11 years as Professor of Neonatal Medicine at Nottingham and 7 years as Senior Lecturer in Bristol. He is an Honorary Consultant in the University College Hospital Neonatal Service. Neil provided neonatal advice to the DH Working Groups that reported on Neonatal Services in 2002 and to the Toolkit for Quality Neonatal Services published in 2008.

His major academic interests have been in long-term outcomes following prematurity and he is the Director of the MRC-funded EPICure studies ( He runs a series of local studies into brain and cognitive development following very preterm birth, communication about extremely preterm birth and is a co-investigator on a range of mainly UK based cohort and randomised studies.

Neil has been President of the British Association for Perinatal Medicine, Director of the UCL Institute for Women’s Health, President of the European Society for Paediatric Research and Chair of two European Academy of Paediatric Societies Meetings. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and is an Honorary Life Friend of Bliss, the UK-based charity for premature babies. He is also a member of the executive of the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants.

TRiCC Inaugural Lecture with Sir Michael Marmot - 5th February 2018

In our inaugural lecture, Sir Michael Marmot reminded us of the central place of evidence in informing policies and interventions, together with the need to strive to take forward the principles of social justice in creating the good society – inspiring stuff! The evening will live long in the memories of those who were fortunate enough to be there.

You can view a video of the lecture here:

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Sir Michael Marmot

Life Mission: “Health Equity through action on Social Determinants of Health”

Biography: Sir Michael Marmot is Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, and President of the World Medical Association. He is the author of The Health Gap: the challenge of an unequal world (2015) and Status Syndrome: how your place on the social gradient directly affects your health (2004). Professor Marmot holds the Harvard Lown Professorship for 2014-2017 and is the recipient of the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health 2015. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from 16 universities.

Marmot has led research groups on health inequalities for 40 years. He was Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), which was set up by the World Health Organization in 2005, and produced the report entitled: 'Closing the Gap in a Generation' in August 2008. At the request of the British Government, he conducted the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post 2010, which published its report 'Fair Society, Healthy Lives' in February 2010. This was followed by the European Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide, for WHO Euro n 2014. He chaired the Breast Screening Review for the NHS National Cancer Action Team and was a member of The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health. He set up the Whitehall II Studies of British Civil Servants, investigating explanations for the striking inverse social gradient in morbidity and mortality. He leads the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and is engaged in several international research efforts on the social determinants of health. He served as President of the British Medical Association (BMA) in 2010-2011, and is President of the British Lung Foundation. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians. He was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution for six years and in 2000 he was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen, for services to epidemiology and the understanding of health inequalities.