Chapter 16: Professor Catherine Peckham, CBE, MD, FMedSci: Professor of Paediatric Epidemiology, University College London
Catherine Peckham is particularly known for her work on infections in pregnancy. She has contributed across a broad range of subjects including infectious disease epidemiology, vaccination policy and the social and biological determinants of health in childhood. The common theme of her work is the impact of infections and other external factors on children’s health and the adult consequences of ill health in childhood. She was a founder fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In recognition of her services to medicine she was made Commander of the British Empire (CBE). She received the James Spence Medal from the Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health for her contributions to paediatrics, the Harding Award for the prevention of childhood disability and the Terrence Higgins Trust award for her contribution to HIV in women and children. Her activities have extended outside the sphere of medicine as non-executive director of the Advertising Standards Authority, a UK-US Fulbright Commissioner and Governor of St Paul’s School in London.
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