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Dr Matthew Ellis


I initially studied social anthropology at Cambridge University during which I contributed to a land rights project with the Ashaninka Amerindians of Peru. I went on to train in medicine in Liverpool qualifying as a doctor in1986 with specialty training in clinical paediatrics at Alder Hey Hospital (1989).

I ran an innovative healthworker training project in Ethiopia with ‘Health Unlimited’ before joining the Centre for International Child Health at University College London, to lead a research programme in Nepal. This led to a PhD and a series of publications describing the public health importance of birth asphyxia in low income settings

On my return from Asia I combined a clinical career in the NHS as a consultant community paediatrician based in Bristol with an interest in neurodisability with a part time senior clinical lectureship at the Centre for Child and Adolescent Healt,h contributing to a variety of clinical teaching and training programmes plus research supervision focussing on neurodevelopmental epidemiology.  

Throughout my time in Bristol I have maintained and broadened my global health activity with both research (ongoing collaborations with research groups in Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) and teaching interests (founder and current course director of the Bristol Intercalated Global Health Degree). I have advised WHO on the move from birth asphyxia to neonatal encephalopathy as a more informative epidemiological case definition with which to capture the burden of intrapartum related disease. I have provided technical advice to the Ministry of Health in Nepal to facilitate the inclusion of newborn care into their Iintegrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMNCI) programme. I have led a Global Child Health Link programme partnering Bristol with Mbarara University, Uganda. 

More recently in line with the changing burden of disease in South Asia I am now working with the Nepal Injury Research Centre on a National Institute of Health Research Grant to build in country research capacity. I am gratified that the collaborative team working on this includes Maternal and Infant Research Activities (MIRA) a research focussed NGO I was a founder member of 25 years ago. I continue to lead the global health intercalated and helical global health input for Bristol Medical School.



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