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Professor of Maternal Reproductive and Child Health Epidemiology, and Director of MARCH Centre, London School Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Professor Joy Lawn, B MedSci, MB BS, MPH, PhD, FRCPCH. Professor of Maternal Reproductive and Child Health Epidemiology, and Director of MARCH Centre, London School Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Advisor Global Evidence and Policy, Saving Newborn Lives, Save the Children and Senior Research Fellow, UK AID (DFID) (part-time). 

Joy is an African-born,  British-trained paediatrician and perinatal epidemiologist with 25 years of experience including national and global estimates, notably for stillbirths and neonatal conditions, and the design and evaluation of integrated maternal, newborn and child care services at scale, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.  She is currently Director of the London School’s MARCH (Maternal Adolescent & Reproductive Health) centre and professor of epidemiology. Also part-time Senior Research fellow for DFID.

Her medical degree and paediatric training were in the UK, followed by clinical paediatric and neonatal care work, especially in West Africa. MPH in International Health at Emory, Atlanta, USA, whilst working at CDC. Awarded a PhD in perinatal epidemiology through Institute of Child Health London (2009), including developing the first national neonatal cause-of-death estimates, now the global standard methodology and updated regularly with WHO.

She has published over 140 peer reviewed papers, with an average annual citation of 600, as well as many academic chapters, and several widely used policy relevant reports. Co-led steering group for The Lancet Every Newborn Series in 2014 plus Lancet Neonatal Survival series (2005),  The Lancet Stillbirths series (2011), and Born Too Soon Global Action Report on preterm birth (2012), co-ordinating the epidemiological estimates, the series structure and management, as well as the communications and media outreach for each. Joy is on the Scientific Review Group of Countdown to 2015, co-Chair with WHO of Countdown Health Systems and Policy Group. On both the WHO Global Statistics Committee and IHME Scientific Review Committee. She is a platform speaker at a wide range of conferences, including academic, professional (obstetric, paediatric, midwives) and policy level. Regular experience with TV and media coverage including full length BBC documentary as presenter. Awarded the 2013 PGPR award for Outstanding Contributions to Global Child Health, in recognition of leadership role in bringing global momentum for newborn survival. Awarded the Nils Rosen von Rosenstein medal for paediatrics, from Uppsala University, Sweden, October 2014 (presented every 5 years) and a number of other awards such as Wolfson Royal Society Merit award. 

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