£25 million gift to build world-leading London child health centre
A cutting-edge centre for children’s health and wellbeing will be established in London’s White City district thanks to a £25 million gift from an esteemed local university alumni.
Marit Mohn is a science graduate of Imperial College London, widely regarded as one of the world’s finest scientific institutions. Mohn, a Norwegian who is a chartered engineer and solicitor, has also become a well known philanthropist, having given much of her wealth to good causes.
It is her name which will adorn the Mohn Centre for Children’s Health and Wellbeing at the university’s School of Public Health, a new hub for health research, education and community interaction. It will be established on the premise that all children deserve the best chances in life. By preventing chronic disease and infection in the early years of life, Imperial can ensure that future generations have every opportunity to thrive and succeed.
Thanks to Mohn’s donation, the centre will support pioneering research, education, and community engagement that will improve the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of childhood illness both locally and globally.
It’s centrepiece will be a cohort study that follows a group of children from birth into adulthood and old age. By monitoring the health and lifestyle of participants over many years, Imperial College aims to better understand of childhood illness, and how disease in old age is connected to early-life experiences. This will also provide an unparalelled insight into the health of children and young people in White City.