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Academic Background

Academic Qualifications

MB BS University of London (1982)
MPH Johns Hopkins University (1989)
MD University of Liverpool (2006)

Professional Qualifications

M.R.C.G.P. London (1986)
D.R.C.O.G. London (1987)
M.F.P.H.M. London (1995)
F.R.C.P.C.H. London (1997)
F.F.P.H. London (2006)
FAcadMEd. London (2011)


Mary Jane Platt is a Clinical Professor in Medical Education with research interests in perinatal and paediatric epidemiology, particularly Cerebral Palsy. She is currently  Teaching Director of the Norwich Medical School, and Director of Admissions for Norwich Medical School.

Her career evolved rather than followed a pre determined plan. After qualifying as a Doctor in the early 1980’s she trained to become a GP. Following a 2-year interregnum in community paediatrics in a very deprived part of London, she studied for an MPH at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, and discovered that epidemiology allowed her to combine her interests in maternal and child health, with her love of statistics. After a further 18 months at Hopkins, on returned to the UK, she joined a NHS training programme in Public Health Medicine, and subsequently was appointed a clinical lecturer at the University of Liverpool. On completion of specialist training, she was appointed Clinical Senior Lecturer post in the same department, where she subsequently completed her MD on the epidemiology and aetiology of cerebral palsy. In the years that followed, she combined her interest in perinatal and paediatric epidemiology with a growing interest and expertise in medical education, leading to her appointment as a deputy director of studies at Liverpool Medical School in 2006. In 2010, after just under 20 years at Liverpool, she moved East to Norwich Medical School, where the main focus of activity relate to Education, although she maintains links with both Public Health and maternal and child health epidemiology.


Swindon & Cirencester GP training Scheme

Clinical Medical Officer, West Lambeth District Health Authority

Research and Teaching Assistant, School of Hygiene and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

Registrar/ Senior Registrar, Mersey Regional Health Authority

Clinical Lecturer Department of Public Health, University of Liverpool

Clinical Senior Lecturer Department of Public Health, University of Liverpool, during which time was variously acting Head of Department, Head of Division & Deputy Director of Medical Studies

Member of the Higher Education Academy since 2002

External Activities

  • Consultant Epidemiologist, Cerebral Palsy Register of Northern Ireland
  • Member of Medical Academic Sub Committee of the British Medical Association
  • Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Public Health
  • Part A examiner, Faculty of Public Health
  • Test Delivery Subgroup, UKCAT consortium
  • External Examiner ,Hull York Medical School
  • External Examiner, Lancaster Medical School

Key Research Interests

Research interests relate to perinatal and paediatric epidemiology, and in addition to her work on the epidemiology of Cerebral Palsy, Mary Jane has studied perinatal outcomes in women with type 1 diabetes, infants with hyperbilirubinaemia, congenital anomalies, twin pregnancies and sudden infant death syndrome. In older children, study has focused on Perthes Disease and Inflamatory Bowel Disease.

Current Project:

Working with Surveillence of Cerebral Palsy in Europe group (SCPE) to improve knowledge and understanding of Cerebral Palsy, and promoting best practice in the care of affected individuals across Europe.

Postgraduate Research Student supervision

Epidemiology or cerebral palsy
Perinatal and paediatric epidemiology

Highlighted publications

Perry D, Bruce C, Platt MJ, Dangerfield P. Pope D. - Perthes Disease in the UK: Geographic and temporal trends in incidence reflecting deprivation inequalities in childhood. Arthritis & Rheumatism 2012;64:1673-79. DOI: 10.1002/art.34316

Sellier E, Uldall P, Calado E, Sigurdardottir S, Torrioli MG, Platt MJ, Cans C. Epilepsy and cerebral palsy: characteristics and trends in children born 1976-1998 European Journal of Paediatric Neurology 2012; 16:48-55. DOI:10.1016/j.ejpn.2011.10.003

Taylor-Robinson DC, Agarwal U, Diggle P, Yoxall B, Platt MJ, Alfirevic Z. Quantifying the impact of deprivation on preterm births: A retrospective cohort study. PLoS ONE 2011;6(8): e23163. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023163

Lavender T. Platt MJ. Tsekiri E. Casson I. Byrom S. Baker L. Walkinshaw S. Women’s perceptions of being pregnant and having pregestational diabetes. Midwifery 2010;26:589-95. DOI: 10.1016/J.MIDW.2009.01.003

Platt MJ. Cans C. Johnson A. Surman G. Topp M. Torrioli MG. Krageloh-Mann I. Trends in cerebral palsy among infants of very low birthweight (<1500 g) or born prematurely (<32 weeks) in 16 European centres: a database study. Lancet 2007; 369(9555):43-50

Manning D. Todd P. Maxwell M. Platt MJ. Prospective surveillance study of severe hyperbilirubinaemia in the newborn in the UK and Ireland. Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal & Neonatal Edition 2007. 92(5):F342-6 

Key Responsibilities

  • Teaching Director, Norwich Medical School
  • Director of Admissions, Norwich Medical School

Teaching Interests

  • Selection and Recruitment for Health care students
  • Medical Education
  • Problem-based Learning

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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