Sonia Saxena is Professor of Primary Care in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health at Imperial College London. She has worked as an inner city GP since 1995 and practises at Chartfield Surgery in Putney. Her research is aimed at finding better ways to prevent, detect and treat childhood illness from birth into adulthood using epidemiological approaches.
She lead a team of researchers in the Child Health Unit at Imperial in 3 research areas:
1) Measuring impact of primary care quality improvement on child health
2) Epidemiology and treatment of long term conditions in children and young people
3) Child obesity and early cardiovascular risk
To date, she has published over 130 original articles and obtained over £5 million in personal grant funding for research and contributed to a further £15 million major grants largely from the National Institute for Health Research and in 2017 joined the NIHR School for Public Health Research as one of five leads. She has international collaborations with the University of Southern Carolina (US), University of Mauritius and Harvard University, and is Vice President for the European Public Health Associations’ Child and Adolescent Health Section.
Her teaching and training roles include supervising PhD students, lecturing on in house Masters in Public Health and regularly giving master classes in child health as Visiting Professor in Europe, Asia and North America. She is interested in expanding academic capacity in her discipline of general practice and widening opportunities for underrepresented groups in science.