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Life Course Sciences

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The School of Life Course Sciences encompasses four research and teaching units in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine which span and link landmark life-stages with the origins and understanding of common diseases, treating life and disease as a continuum, a fundamental approach to maintaining and maximising a healthy life

Occupying facilities across Guy’s, St Thomas’, Waterloo and Denmark Hill campuses, the School is headed by Professor Lucilla Poston, Tommy’s Professor of Maternal & Fetal Health. Clinicians, scientists and health professionals work together in a multidisciplinary partnership to enhance research and teaching in the life-course of health and disease. To achieve our ‘life course’ ambition, the School brings together a unique and interactive team of experts in women and children’s health, diabetes, nutritional sciences and the molecular genetics of human disease (twins research and ophthalmology).


Approaching origins of disease from the earliest stages in life and understanding the life-course of disease and the interactions between cause and effect - such as those which link early life nutrition to development of diabetes and allergy - underpins early detection, treatment and prevention, and can provide us with important research and training opportunities.


Collaboration in teaching and research provides a supportive academic setting that enhances the experiences of students and staff, and fosters an environment focused on continuing and enhancing world-class research and patient-centred care. For example women and children’s health has extensive cross-school research collaborations with the Centre for the Developing Brain.

The School also hosts internal thematic research groups:

These attract substantial external funding and provide important cross-cutting platforms for collaborative working within the School, with other Schools and Faculties at King’s, as well as with external academic and commercial partners. 

The School also makes major contributions to the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Guy’s & St Thomas’ and King’s College London, the Institute of Child Health and the National Institute of Nutrition & Seafood Research (Norway).

We also have ongoing engagement with several charities and other organisations - most notably Tommy’s - and several of our staff consult as advisors, trustees and board members, including for the Parent's in Mind Project at the National Childbirth Trust, Maternity Worldwide, ICP Support, Action on Pre-eclampsia, the Physiological Society and Healthwatch-UK.

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