Professor Monica Lakhanpaul is an academic researcher, specialising in child health, practising paediatric consultant and has held numerous national and international leadership positions. She is currently a Professor of Integrated Community Child Health at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health where she is Pro-Vice-Provost for South Asia at UCL. She held the position as the first Clinical Director leading children’s guidelines for NICE and was the lead for the children’s theme for UCL Partners, Academic Health Science Network.
She is committed to improving the lives of those in the most vulnerable communities through holistic, cross-sectoral interdisciplinary interventions that encompass health, environmental and educational factors. She focuses on participatory and citizen science approaches in her work, ensuring that the communities she works with are involved at every step to provide the best outcomes for them. She has been recognised for her work in the public sector by the presentation to her of the Asian Women of achievement award. Most recently she has been awarded the British Science Association media Fellowship working with the BBC world service. She has over 180 publications to her name and a number of book chapters.
Professor Lakhanpaul has been directly responsible for the implementation of research into policy on several topics, including child fever and asthma policy guidelines; and is now leading the CHAMPIONS project to explore the impact of COVID-19 on children under-5 living in temporary accommodation and experiencing homelessness .