NameProfessor Caroline Fall
QualificationsMBChB, DM, FRCP, FRCPCH
RoleProfessor of International Paediatric Epidemiology and Consultant in Child Health
Caroline Fall studied medicine at the University of Bristol, followed by clinical training in General Medicine, General Practice and Paediatrics. She joined the MRC Environmental Epidemiology Unit in 1989, to study the Hertfordshire cohort, and showed that low birthweight and infant weight were associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes in adult life. Since 1993, she has been working on the fetal origins of diabetes mainly in Indian populations, building up collaborations in several centres in India.
Caroline Fall works with a team of epidemiologists and statisticians investigating the fetal origins of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes and the maternal factors influencing fetal growth. Her chief role is to co-ordinate a programme of research involving 5 centres in India. These studies include the follow-up of children and adults whose size at birth was recorded, and more recently, prospective studies on the short and long-term effects on the offspring of maternal nutritional status and glucose/insulin metabolism. She was the moving force and organising secretary for the First World Congress on the Fetal Origins of Adult Disease held in Mumbai, India, February 2001, and a member of the scientific planning committees for the Third and Sixth World Congresses, held in Toronto (November 2005) and Santaigo, Chile (November 2009). She was secretary of the International Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) from 2005-2013 and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.
Her clinical interests are in Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes.
- Member of Southampton University Hospitals Trust paediatric diabetes and endocrinology team
- Executive director (UK) of SNEHA-INDIA, the Indian society for research into the fetal origins of adult disease
- Member of the COHORTS group (Cohort Studies of Health Outcomes Research in Transitional Societies) a collaboration of epidemiologists working with birth cohorts in Brazil, the Philipines, South Africa and India
- Chair, Research Committee (2012 onwards) and Member (2010 onwards), Wellcome Trust – Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) – UK consortium for capacity building for public health in India
- Member of the Public Health and Topical Medicine Committee (PHATIC), Wellcome Trust (2010-2015)
- Member of the HEFCE 2014 Research Excellence Framework sub-panel for Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care (2013-2014)
- Member, Advisory Committee for “Preconceptional Maternal Nutrition”, a randomised controlled trial of micronutrients, energy and protein for pre-conceptional and pregnant women in 5 low-and-middle-income countries (Funder: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)
- Member, GIFTS consortium (Genomic and lifestyle predictors of fetal outcome, diabetes and obesity in S Asian populations; lead investigator: Prof Graham Hitman, University of London) (2011-2016)