Professor of Primary Care, Imperial College London, UK
Sonia Saxena is Professor of Primary Care and Director of the Imperial Child Health Unit in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health at Imperial College London. She has worked as an inner-city GP since 1995 in London. Her research aims are to improve child health and reduce inequalities by strengthening the evidence base for primary care and public health. Professor Saxena leads the Child Population Health Theme for the NIHR Northwest London Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) and a national work programme for the NIHR School for Public Health Research ‘Harnessing data for Child Health’. As elected President of the Child and Adolescent Public Health for the European Public Health Association, she leads a network of over 3000 health professionals in a 3 year strategic plan to achieve a WHO ‘Triple A rating (Analysis Advocacy Action) to improve children’s health in Europe (2021-2024). To date, she has published over 400 original articles with 40, 000 citations with wide ranging impact. She has given numerous lectures and master classes in child health as Visiting Professor in Europe, Asia and North America. Her teaching and training roles include supervising PhD students, lecturing on Imperial’s online Global master’s in public health. She is committed to expanding academic capacity in her discipline of general practice and widening opportunities for underrepresented groups in science. Find out more about Sonia here.