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Melissa Gladstone - Public Health

Melissa Gladstone is Senior Lecturer in Neurodevelopmental Paediatrics and International Child Health. Her main research interest is in the assessment of neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioural outcomes in children in low income settings globally. She has underaken and is presently undertaking large field studies in a number of African settings and pursue research looking at the linkages between assessment of children’s development and behaviour with interventions which can be provided in low income settings. She has created a neurodevelopmental assessment tool, the MDAT, which is being utlised in over 12 countries in Africa for research and programmatic work – much of this linking early interventions in nutrition, WASH and early stimulation programmes with later outcomes in children. She also has led development of the IYCD (Infant and Young Child Development Indicators) for WHO. She is leading a consortium on work looking at which tools globally best identify children with neurodevelopmental disorders and is collecting data across three sites which could be used for further analysis for tool validation. Areas that may be especially suitable for an MRC skills development fellowship include the utilisation of large field data sets which contain data on early child development as well as maternal, child, family and socio-economic factors to better understand the linkages and interplay between these. Dr Gladstone is working closely with international leaders looking at creating CORE outcome sets in neurodevelopmental disorders such as Zika.


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Expression of Interest by email

31st January 2019

Applications Close

17th May 2019



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June 2019 - March 2020