Professional background

I am a consultant neonatologist at UCLH and an associated professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. My special interests are newborn brain injury, neurodevelopmental follow-up and neonatal cardiology.


Research interests

Newborn brain injury, global newborn health, early intervention for high-risk infants.


1. Surviving and Thriving: Early Intervention for Neonatal Survivors with Early Developmental Disability in Uganda Tann CJ, Kohli-Lynch M, Nalugya R, Sadoo S, Martin K, Lassman R, Nanyunja C, Musoke M, Sewagaba M, Nampijja M, Seeley J, Webb EL. Infants & Young Children, In Press

2. Smythe T, Zuurmond M, Tann CJ, Gladstone M, Kuper H. Early intervention for children with developmental disabilities in low and middle-income countries - the case for action. Int Health. 2020 Aug 11:ihaa044. doi: 10.1093/inthealth/ihaa044. Online ahead of print

3. Lingam I, Avdic-Belltheus A, Meehan C, Martinello K, Ragab S, Peebles D, Barkhuizen M, Tann CJ, Tachtsidis I, Wolfs TGAM, Hagberg H, Klein N, Fleiss B, Gressens P, Golay X, Kramer BW, Robertson NJ. Serial blood cytokine and chemokine mRNA and microRNA over 48?h are insult specific in a piglet model of inflammation-sensitized hypoxia-ischaemia. Pediatr Res. 2020 Jun 10. doi: 10.1038/s41390-020-0986-3. Online ahead of print.

4. Kohli-Lynch M, Bernal Salazar R, Bhopal S, Brentani A, Cavallera V, Goh E, Hamadani J, Hughes R, Manji K, Milner KM, Radner, Sharma S, Silver K, Lawn JE, Tann CJ. Human resources and curricula content for early child development implementation: multi-country mixed-methods evaluation BMJ Open. 2020 Apr 26;10(4):e032134. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032134

5. Heys M, Lakhanpaul M, Allaham S, Manikam L, Owugha J, Oulton K, Morris C, Martin KR, Tann C, Martin J, et al. Community-based family and carer-support programmes for children with disabilities Paediatrics and Child Health Mar 2020

6. Medvedev MM, Brotherton H, Gai A, Tann C, Gale C, Waiswa P, Elbourne D, Lawn JE, Allen E. Development and validation of a simplified score to predict neonatal mortality risk among neonates weighing 2000 g or less (NMR-2000): an analysis using data from the UK and The Gambia. Lancet Child Adolesc Health. 2020 Apr;4(4):299-311. doi: 10.1016/S2352-4642(20)30021-3. Epub 2020 Feb 28

7. Brotherton H, Gai A, Tann CJ, Samateh L, Seale AC, Zaman SMA, Cousens S, Roca A, Lawn JE, Randomised trial of early kangaroo mother care compared to standard care on survival of pre-stabilised preterm neonates in The Gambia (eKMC): Trial Protocol. Trials. 2020 Mar 6;21(1):247. doi: 10.1186/s13063-020-4149-y

8. DeLacey E, Tann C, Groce N, Kett M, Quiring M, Bergman E, Garcia C, Kerac M. 2020. The nutritional status of children living within institutionalized care: a systematic review. PeerJ 8:e8484

9. Medvedev MM, Tumukunde V, Mambule I, Tann CJ, Waiswa P, Canter RR, Hansen CH, Ekirapa-Kiracho E, Katumba K, Pitt C, Greco G, Brotherton H, Elbourne D, Seeley J, Nyirenda M, Allen E, Lawn JE. Operationalising kangaroo Mother care before stabilisation amongst low birth Weight Neonates in Africa (OMWaNA): protocol for a randomised controlled trial to examine mortality impact in Uganda. Trials. 2020 Jan 31;21(1):126. doi: 10.1186/s13063-019-4044-6.PMID: 32005286

10. Kohli-Lynch M, Tann CJ, Ellis ME. Early Intervention for Children at High Risk of Developmental Disability in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Narrative Review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Nov 13;16(22). pii: E4449. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16224449. Review.PMID: 31766126

11. Nampijja M, Webb E, Nanyunja C, Sadoo S, Nalugya R, Nyonyintono J, Muhumuza A, Ssekidde M, Katumba K, Magnusson B, Kabugo D, Cowan FM, Martinez-Biarge M, Zuurmond M, Morgan C, Lester D, Seeley J, Tann CJ. Randomised controlled pilot feasibility trial of an early intervention programme for young infants with neurodevelopmental impairment in Uganda: a study protocol. BMJ Open. 2019 Oct 9;9(10):e032705. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032705. Erratum in: BMJ Open. 2019 Dec 3;9(12):e032705corr1. PMID:31601606

12. Martinello KA, Meehan C, Avdic-Belltheus A, Lingam I, Ragab S, Hristova M, Tann CJ, Peebles D, Hagberg H, Wolfs TGAM, Klein N, Tachtsidis I, Golay X, Kramer BW, Fleiss B, Gressens P, Robertson NJ. Acute LPS sensitization and continuous infusion exacerbates hypoxic brain injury in a piglet model of neonatal encephalopathy. Sci Rep. 2019 Jul 15;9(1):10184. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-46488-y.PMID:31308390

13. Enweronu-Laryea C, Martinello KA, Rose M, Manu S, Tann CJ, Meek J, Ahor-Essel K, Boylan GB, Robertson NJ.Core temperature after birth in babies with neonatal encephalopathy in a sub-Saharan African hospital setting.J Physiol. 2019 Aug;597(15):4013-4024. doi: 10.1113/JP277820. Epub 2019 Jun 5

14. Williams CL, Tann CJ. Global perspectives of premature birth across the life course. Lancet Child Adolesc Health. 2019 Jun;3(6):370-371. doi: 10.1016/S2352-4642(19)30109-9. Epub 2019 Apr 5. No abstract available. PMID:30956153

15. Arregoces L, Hughes R, Milner KM, Ponce Hardy V, Tann CJ, Upadhyay A, Lawn JE. Accountability for funds for Nurturing Care: what can we measure? Arch Dis Child. 2019 Apr;104(Suppl 1):S34-S42. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2018-315429.PMID:30885964

16. Boggs D, Milner KM, Chandna J, Black M, Cavallera V, Dua T, Fink G, Kc A, Grantham-McGregor S, Hamadani J, Hughes R, Manji K, McCoy DC, Tann CJ, Lawn JE.Rating early child development outcome measurement tools for routine health programme use.Arch Dis Child. 2019 Apr;104(Suppl 1):S22-S33. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2018-315431. Erratum in: Arch Dis Child. 2020 Feb;105(2):e3. PMID:30885963

17. Milner KM, Bhopal S, Black M, Dua T, Gladstone M, Hamadani J, Hughes R, Kohli-Lynch M, Manji K, Ponce Hardy V, Radner J, Sharma S, Tofail F, Tann CJ, Lawn JE. Counting outcomes, coverage and quality for early child development programmes. Arch Dis Child. 2019 Apr;104(Suppl 1):S13-S21. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2018-315430.PMID:30885962

18. Milner KM, Bernal Salazar R, Bhopal S, Brentani A, Britto PR, Dua T, Gladstone M, Goh E, Hamadani J, Hughes R, Kirkwood B, Kohli-Lynch M, Manji K, Ponce Hardy V, Radner J, Rasheed MA, Sharma S, Silver KL, Tann CJ, Lawn JE. Contextual design choices and partnerships for scaling early child development programmes. Arch Dis Child. 2019 Apr;104(Suppl 1):S3-S12. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2018-315433. PMID:30885961

19. Tann CJ, Webb EL, Lassman R, Ssekyewa J, Sewegaba M, Musoke M, Burgoine K, Hagmann C, Deane-Bowers E, Norman K, Milln J, Kurinczuk JJ, Elliott AM, Martinez-Biarge M, Nakakeeto M, Robertson NJ, Cowan FMEarly Childhood Outcomes After Neonatal Encephalopathy in Uganda: A Cohort Study. EClinicalMedicine. 2018 Dec;6:26-35. doi: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2018.12.001. PMID:30740596

20. Zuurmond M, O'Banion D, Gladstone M, Carsamar S, Kerac M, Baltussen M, Tann CJ, Gyamah Nyante G, Polack S. Evaluating the impact of a community-based parent training programme for children with cerebral palsy in Ghana. PLoS One. 2018 Sep 4;13(9):e0202096. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0202096. eCollection 2018.PMID:30180171

21. Moxon SG, Guenther T, Gabrysch S, Enweronu-Laryea C, Ram PK, Niermeyer S, Kerber K, Tann CJ, Russell N, Kak L, Bailey P, Wilson S, Wang W, Winter R, Carvajal-Aguirre L, Blencowe H, Campbell O, Lawn J. Service readiness for inpatient care of small and sick newborns: what do we need and what can we measure now? J Glob Health. 2018 Jun;8(1):010702. doi: 10.7189/jogh.08.010702. Review. PMID:30023050

22. Morgan MC, Nambuya H, Waiswa P, Tann C, Elbourne D, Seeley J, Allen E, Lawn JEKangaroo mother care for clinically unstable neonates weighing ?2000 g: Is it feasible at a hospital in Uganda?J Glob Health. 2018 Jun;8(1):010701. doi: 10.7189/jogh.08.010701. PMID:29497509

23. Hassell J, Tann CJ, Idro R, Robertson NJ. Contribution of perinatal conditions to cerebral palsy in Uganda. Lancet Glob Health. 2018 Mar;6(3):e248-e249. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(18)30041-X. No abstract available. PMID:29433660

24. Seale AC, Bianchi-Jassir F, Russell NJ, Kohli-Lynch M, Tann CJ, Hall J, Madrid L, Blencowe H, Cousens S, Baker CJ, Bartlett L, Cutland C, Gravett MG, Heath PT, Ip M, Le Doare K, Madhi SA, Rubens CE, Saha SK, Schrag SJ, Sobanjo-Ter Meulen A, Vekemans J, Lawn JE. Estimates of the Burden of Group B Streptococcal Disease Worldwide for Pregnant Women, Stillbirths, and Children. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Nov 6;65(suppl_2):S200-S219. doi: 10.1093/cid/cix664.PMID: 29117332

25. Kohli-Lynch M, Russell NJ, Seale AC, Dangor Z, Tann CJ, Baker CJ, Bartlett L, Cutland C, Gravett MG, Heath PT, Ip M, Le Doare K, Madhi SA, Rubens CE, Saha SK, Schrag S, Sobanjo-Ter Meulen A, Vekemans J, O'Sullivan C, Nakwa F, Ben Hamouda H, Soua H, Giorgakoudi K, Ladhani S, Lamagni T, Rattue H, Trotter C, Lawn JE. Neurodevelopmental Impairment in Children After Group B Streptococcal Disease Worldwide: Systematic Review and Meta-analyses. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Nov 6;65(suppl_2):S190-S199. doi: 10.1093/cid/cix663. Review.PMID:29117331

26. Tann CJ, Martinello KA, Sadoo S, Lawn JE, Seale AC, Vega-Poblete M, Russell NJ, Baker CJ, Bartlett L, Cutland C, Gravett MG, Ip M, Le Doare K, Madhi SA, Rubens CE, Saha SK, Schrag S, Sobanjo-Ter Meulen A, Vekemans J, Heath PT; Neonatal Encephalopathy With Group B Streptococcal Disease Worldwide: Systematic Review, Investigator Group Datasets, and Meta-analysis. GBS Neonatal Encephalopathy Investigator Group. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Nov 6;65(suppl_2):S173-S189. doi: 10.1093/cid/cix662. Review. PMID:29117330

27. Lawn JE, Bianchi-Jassir F, Russell NJ, Kohli-Lynch M, Tann CJ, Hall J, Madrid L, Baker CJ, Bartlett L, Cutland C, Gravett MG, Heath PT, Ip M, Le Doare K, Madhi SA, Rubens CE, Saha SK, Schrag S, Sobanjo-Ter Meulen A, Vekemans J, Seale AC. Group B Streptococcal Disease Worldwide for Pregnant Women, Stillbirths, and Children: Why, What, and How to Undertake Estimates? Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Nov 6;65(suppl_2):S89-S99. doi: 10.1093/cid/cix653. PMID: 29117323

28. Tann CJ, Nakakeeto M, Willey BA, Sewegaba M, Webb EL, Oke I, Mutuuza ED, Peebles D, Musoke M, Harris KA, Sebire NJ, Klein N, Kurinczuk JJ, Elliott AM, Robertson NJ. Perinatal risk factors for neonatal encephalopathy: an unmatched case-control study. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2018 May;103(3):F250-F256. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2017-312744. Epub 2017 Aug 5. PMID:28780500

29. Tann CJ, Nakakeeto M, Hagmann C, Webb EL, Nyombi N, Namiiro F, Harvey-Jones K, Muhumuza A, Burgoine K, Elliott AM, Kurinczuk JJ, Robertson NJ, Cowan FM. Early cranial ultrasound findings among infants with neonatal encephalopathy in Uganda: an observational study. Pediatr Res. 2016 Aug;80(2):190-6. doi: 10.1038/pr.2016.77. Epub 2016 Apr 11. PMID:27064242

30. Tann CJ Therapeutic hypothermia in middle-income settings: where to now? Acta Paediatr. 2016 Jul;105(7):816. doi: 10.1111/apa.13430. Epub 2016 May 16. No abstract available. PMID: 27062573

31. Fleiss B, Tann CJ, Degos V, Sigaut S, Van Steenwinckel J, Schang AL, Kichev A, Robertson NJ, Mallard C, Hagberg H, Gressens P. Inflammation-induced sensitization of the brain in term infants. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2015 Apr;57 Suppl 3:17-28. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.12723. Review.PMID:25800488

32. Nakamanya S, Siu GE, Lassman R, Seeley J, Tann CJ. Maternal experiences of caring for an infant with neurological impairment after neonatal encephalopathy in Uganda: a qualitative study. Disabil Rehabil. 2015;37(16):1470-6. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2014.972582. Epub 2014 Oct 17.PMID:25323396

33. Tann C, Nakakeeto M, Hagmann C, Webb E, Nyombi N, Harvey-Jones K, Namiiro F, Burgoine K, Elliott A, Kurinczuk J, et al. 8.10 Cranial ultrasound findings suggest that the injury pathway may begin many hours before delivery in encephalopathic infants in Uganda. Archives of disease in childhood Fetal and neonatal edition 99 Sup(Suppl) 2014 (Journal article)

34. Tann CJ, Nkurunziza P, Nakakeeto M, Oweka J, Kurinczuk JJ, Were J, Nyombi N, Hughes P, Willey BA, Elliott AM, Robertson NJ, Klein N, Harris KA.Prevalence of bloodstream pathogens is higher in neonatal encephalopathy cases vs. controls using a novel panel of real-time PCR assays. PLoS One. 2014 May 16;9(5):e97259. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0097259. eCollection 2014. PMID:24836781

35. Tann CJ, Kizza M, Morison L, Mabey D, Muwanga M, Grosskurth H, Elliott AM Use of antenatal services and delivery care in Entebbe, Uganda: a community survey. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2007 Oct 11;7:23. PMID:17931422

36. Tann CJ, Mpairwe H, Morison L, Nassimu K, Hughes P, Omara M, Mabey D, Muwanga M, Grosskurth H, Elliott AM. Lack of effectiveness of syndromic management in targeting vaginal infections in pregnancy in Entebbe, Uganda. Sex Transm Infect. 2006 Aug;82(4):285-9. PMID:16877576