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Paediatric Imaging

Improving understanding of unique pathologies and imaging challenges affecting newborn infants, children and adolescents

Research Under
this theme

Paediatric Imaging research at UCL is focused on improved understanding of disease in childhood and the unique pathologies which affect newborn infants, children and adolescents. Other considerations specific to this theme include the dynamics of a growing body and it’s organs and how this will effect long-term treatment and outcomes, for instance, what affect radiology and x-ray will have on infants who are still developing and which safe, more child-friendly methods of image acquisition can be used.

Current research aims include an improved understanding of neuromuscular development, development of novel stem cell-based therapies and improved understanding of disabilities such as cerebral palsy.

Partners and Facilities

By joining this theme you will work closely with the researchers and clinicians from Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, the UCL Institute of Child Health and KU Leuven.

Studying Under This Theme

Projects listed below are available for applicants to include in their 5 project choices. Successful candidates will meet with both primary supervisors from their selection as part of the induction process before being assigned to an allocated research project. To view all available project videos please visit our YouTube channel.

Theme Leader

Prof Paolo De Coppi
UCL Institute of Child Health / Great Ormond Street Hospital

Paolo De Coppi is the Professor of Paediatric Surgery and Head of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Section, Developmental Biology & Cancer Programme at the UCL Institute of Child Health. He is also NIHR Professor and Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the UCL Institute of Child Health. Concomitantly he is an Professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium (since 2013), Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest University, Wiston-Salem, NC, US (since 2009) and Honorary Assistant Professor Paediatric Surgery, University of Padua, Italy (since 2005).

Prof Paolo De Coppi’s research interests include:

  1. To better understand normal and abnormal development of the neuromuscular components of the gastrointestinal tract
  2. Development of novel stem cell-based therapies for aganglionic gut disorders
  3. Development of the enteric neuromusculature
  4. Novel therapies for gut disorders/diseases