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Professor Alan Emond awarded highest honour bestowed by Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Professor Alan Emond (right) receiving the James Spence Medal

23 May 2019

Professor Alan Emond from Bristol Medical School has been awarded the highest honour bestowed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health – the James Spence Medal - for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of paediatric knowledge.

Professor Emond, Professor of Community Child Health is one of the UK’s most distinguished researchers with over 40 years’ experience of children’s medicine and child public health into issues around paediatrics in the community, including child and adolescent injury, epidemiology and health service evaluation.

His work has included research on the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children cohort [AlSPAC, also known as the Children of the 90s]. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, with teaching interests in inter-professional learning and international health. He has extensive overseas experience, working in Jamaica and Ethiopia. Over the past 25 years, he has been collaborating with colleagues in North East Brazil on longitudinal studies of low birthweight, and on interventions to improve infant health in poor communities.  He has published widely on child growth and development, risk taking in adolescence and injury, and has advised the UK government on policy for children.

Professor Emond is the first community paediatrician to be awarded this honour and was presented with the medal at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Conference along with a volume of the collected writings of Sir James Spence.



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About Sir James Spence

Professor Sir James Spence was a social paediatrician based in Newcastle who was a pioneer in the field of social paediatrics and a founding member of the British Paediatric Association.

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