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Professor Raghu Lingam

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Professor Raghu Lingam is Professor in Paediatric Population Health at the University of New South Wales and a Consultant Community Paediatrician within the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network. He is an executive member of the Early Life Determinants of Health (ELDoH) and Kids to Adults, clinical academic groups as part of Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE). He has over 20 years of clinical experience...view more

Professor Raghu Lingam is Professor in Paediatric Population Health at the University of New South Wales and a Consultant Community Paediatrician within the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network. He is an executive member of the Early Life Determinants of Health (ELDoH) and Kids to Adults, clinical academic groups as part of Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE). He has over 20 years of clinical experience in paediatrics. Professor Lingam is a senior clinical academic with clinical and research interest in community paediatrics including health services research, child development and disability. In the last 5 years Professor Lingam has run large scale cluster randomised controlled trials in India, Pakistan, Uganda, Mozambique and the UK. He has attracted over £9.5 million of UK research funding from the UK NIHR, World Bank, national charity and Government funding. In addition, he is a Co-applicant in a recently awarded joint NIHR/ NHMRC grant for a further £2.5 million. He has recently been awarded over $1 million to set up the BestSTART_SW Translational Paediatric Research unit in South West Sydney. Professor Lingam has been the Early Life and Adolescent Programme Lead for the UK Centre for Translational Research in Public Health from 2015 to 2018. He was Co-Chair of the Child Health Group in the MARCH Centre London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 2013-2014 and Academic Convenor British Association of Community Child Health 2011-13. He has been a consultant and invited speaker on the Measurement of Early Childhood Development Outcomes for World Health Organisation (2013). In addition, he has been an invited speaker for the NHS Expo (2016) European academy of Childhood disability (2013) and The New York Academy of Sciences (2012 and 2013).


My Grants

  • Implementation and evaluation of the Children and Young People's Health Partnership: Wolfe I, Lingam R et al 2016-2020 Guys and St Thomas’s Charities £7,650,000.
  • SILVER: Smart Interventions for Local Vulnerable Families. Lingam R (PI), Kaner E, Foley T et al. Connected Health Cities, Northern Health Services Alliance. Jan 2017-Jan 2019. £ 399,797.62
  • SOLID (Supporting Looked after children In Decreasing Drugs, and alcohol): A Multi-centre external pilot randomised controlled trial to decrease risky substance use (drugs and alcohol) and enhance mental health and well-being of Looked After Children aged 12 -20 years in the North East of England. Lingam R (PI), Kaner E, McGovern R, Copello A et al NIHR PHR 2016-2018. £501,794.20
  • Maternal Mental Health in Rural Communities Lingam R, Newham J, Kaner E, McGovern R. 2016-2018. £40,000
  • Needs assessment of Young People’s Mental Health. Institute of Local Governance. Lingam R, McGovern R, Kaner E et al. 2016-2017. £39,000.
  • Developing family involved interventions for young people with alcohol use disorders and other linked mental health problems. Alcohol Research UK. R. McGovern, E. Kaner, R. Lingam, P.McArdle. 2015-18. £21,000.
  • Resilience Project (Recognition, rEsponse and Structure: achIeving heaLthy chIldren in thE Northeast and north Cumbrian communitiEs) Academic Health Sciences Network NE and Cumbria Agbeko (PI), Lingam, Falko Sniehotta. 2015-2017. £140,000
  • Prevelance and prediction of rates of Spina Bifida and Downs Syndrome. NEWLIFE Rankin J, Lingam, R, et al. 2015-2016 £25,000
  • Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Fellowship. Murdoch Children Research Institute. R.Lingam, Wake, M. 2015-16 $25,000
  • Baby Buddy multisite evaluation. Best Beginnings/ Big Lottery. T Deave, J Coad, R Lingam, C Day and S Kendall. Collaboration between UWE, Newcastle University, Coventry University, University of HERTS and Kings College London. £170,000.
  • Implementation evaluation of the Sustainable Programme Incorporating Nutrition & Games (SPRING) program: World Bank Sief Funding.B Kirkwood, R. Lingam, B Avan, Z.Hill, J,Skordis $756, 396
  • The potential role of essential fatty acids in the aetiology of ADHD, DCD and Dyslexia. Waterloo Foundation 2012 R. Lingam, J Golding, P Emmett. £48,583.

My Qualifications

  • PhD University of Bristol
  • MRCPCH Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • MSc (Distinction) Masters in Tropical Medicine and International Health. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • DTMH 2002 Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Royal College of Physicians London
  • Cert TLHP (Distinction) Postgraduate Certificate Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals. University of Bristol
  • MBChB (Edin) July 1996 University of Edinburgh Medical

My Awards

2015-2018 Early Life and Adolescent Programme Lead. Centre for Translational Research in Public Health http://www.fuse.ac.uk/

2013-14 Co-Chair of the Child Health Group MARCH Centre LSHTM

2011-13 Academic Convenor British Association of Community Child Health

2000- Member of The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health


My Research Activities

Raghu's research work is based around three strands:

Health Systems Research

He is co-PI and Evaluation Lead of the Children and Young People's Health Partnership(CYPHP)(http://www.cyphp.org/) in Lambeth and Southwark, a large health transformation programme with total study cost of over £7.5 million. CYPHP aims to transform the health service delivery to children in two of the most deprived boroughs of London. The CYPHP model is an innovative, evidence-based approach to reshaping everyday health services through integrating care. He was PI for the SILVER (Smart Interventions for Local Vulnerable Families) project funded by the Northern Health Services Alliance as part of Connected Health Cities. The project aims to develop a Learning Health System for Vulnerable Families building on a personalised citizen record of linked data. The co-developed intervention will be an E-platform that will use data from health, criminal justice and social care, to inform the day to day practice of key workers dealing with families involved with these services. Raghu is the senior epidemiologist on the Bill and Melinda Gates funded INSCALE project (http://www.malariaconsortium.org/inscale/), which has evaluated an innovative technology based intervention to improve delivery of IMNCI (Integrated Management of Newborn and Child Interventions) by increasing motivation and retention of community based workers in Uganda and Mozambique This project is being written up.

Working with priority populations

He is PI for the NIHR PHR: SOLID: SuppOrting Looked after Children In Decreasing Drugs and Alcohol feasibility trial to reduce problem drug and alcohol use and enhance mental health of Looked after children and Care leavers across the North East. I am also PI for two projects looking at mental health services for young people across North East of England and the perinatal mental health of mothers in rural Yorkshire. In Newcastle he was awarded £400,000 to run SILVER (Smart Interventions for Local Vulnerable Families) funded by the Northern Health Services Alliance as part of Connected Health Cities. We aim to develop a Learning Health System for Vulnerable Families building on a personalised citizen record of linked data. Through an integrated data system, we will co-produce with families and key workers a care improvement intervention package SILVER: Smart Interventions for Local Vulnerable Families. The intervention will be an E-platform that will use data from health, criminal justice and social care, to inform the day to day practice of key workers dealing with families currently involved with the UK “Troubled Families Programme”.

Best start in life

Raghu is the quantitative lead for the UK national evaluation of the Best Beginnings: Baby Buddy App to enhance maternal well-being and child development. From 2011-14 he was Coordinator of SPRING (Sustainable Programme Incorporating Nutrition & Games) based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. SPRING is a Wellcome Trust funded programme which aims to develop, and then evaluate, an integrated and sustainable community-based intervention package to promote child survival, growth, development, in India and Pakistan (http://spring.lshtm.ac.uk/). The intervention is being evaluated using a cluster randomised controlled trial following 12,000 newborns and their mothers, and is the biggest study of its type globally.


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

I am currently supervising two PHD students in Australia and two in the UK. At the LSHTM, I was the Research Degrees Coordinator for the Department of Population Health. I have supervised several MSC dissertations, chaired 8 PHD upgrading meetings and am a PHD examiner.


Currently supervising

2 UK based PhD students and 1 UNSW medical student ILP project.

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Location

Rm 814, Level 8 The Bright Alliance
High St & Avoca Street, Randwick NSW 2031

Contact

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