Biography

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.

Career History

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

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)

All Publications

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Bennett, C. R., Mawhood, N., Platt, M. J.

(2018)

The impact of medical school assessment on preparedness to practice,

in Medical Teacher

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Mcdaid, L., Collier, J., Platt, M. J.

(2017)

Unique identifiers needed to make national data sets fit for public health purposes: the example of subsequent teenage pregnancy in England and Wales,

in Public Health

153

pp. 58–60

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Platt, M. J., Panteliadis, C. P., Häusler, M.

(2017)

Aetiological Factors,

in Cerebral Palsy.

Springer International Publishing AG

pp. 49-58

ISBN 978-3-319-67857-3

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Perry, D., Thomson, C., Pope, D., Bruce, C., Platt, M.

(2017)

A case control study to determine the association between Perthes’ disease and the recalled use of tobacco during pregnancy, and biological markers of current tobacco smoke exposure,

in Bone & Joint Journal

99-B

(8)

pp. 1102-1108

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Pounds, G., Salter, C., Platt, M. J., Bryant, P.

(2017)

Developing a new empathy-specific admissions test for applicants to medical schools: A discourse-pragmatic approach.,

in Communication and Medicine

14

(2)

pp. 165–180

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Denham, G., Allen, C., Platt, J.

(2016)

International collaboration in medical radiation science,

in Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences

63

(2)

pp. 75-80

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Sellier, E., Platt, M. J., Andersen, G., Krageloh-Mann, I., de la Cuz, J., Cans, C.

(2016)

Decreasing prevalence in cerebral palsy: a multi-site European population-based study, 1980 to 2003,

in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology

58

(1)

pp. 85-92

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McDaid, L. A., Collier, J., Platt, M. J.

(2015)

Previous pregnancies among young women having an abortion in England and Wales,

in Journal of Adolescent Health

57

(4)

pp. 387-392

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Platt, M.

(2014)

Outcomes in preterm infants,

in Public Health

128

(5)

pp. 399-403

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Perry, D. C., Pope, D., Bruce, C. E., Dangerfield, P., Hall, A. J., Platt, M. J.

(2013)

Hyperactivity and the psychological burden of Perthes disease: a case-control study,

in Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics

33

(6)

pp. 644-649

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Perry, D. C., Bruce, C. E., Pope, D., Dangerfield, P., Platt, M. J., Hall, A. J.

(2012)

Perthes' disease of the hip: socioeconomic inequalities and the urban environment,

in Archives of Disease in Childhood

97

(12)

pp. 1053-1057

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Perry, D. C., Green, D. J., Bruce, C. E., Pope, D., Dangerfield, P., Platt, M. J., Hall, A. J., Jones, H.

(2012)

Abnormalities of vascular structure and function in children with Perthes disease,

in Pediatrics

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(1)

pp. e126-31

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Perry, D. C., Machin, D. M. G., Pope, D., Bruce, C. E., Dangerfield, P., Platt, M. J., Hall, A. J.

(2012)

Racial and geographic factors in the incidence of Legg-Calvé-Perthes' disease: a systematic review,

in American Journal of Epidemiology

175

(3)

pp. 159-166

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Perry, D., Bruce, C., Pope, D., Dangerfield, P., Platt, M., Hall, A.

(2012)

Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease in the UK: Geographic and temporal trends in incidence reflecting differences in degree of deprivation in childhood,

in Arthritis & Rheumatism

64

(5)

pp. 1673-1679

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Sellier, E., Uldall, P., Calado, E., Sigurdardottir, S., Torrioli, M., Platt, M., Cans, C.

(2012)

Epilepsy and cerebral palsy: Characteristics and trends in children born in 1976–1998,

in European Journal of Paediatric Neurology

16

pp. 48-55

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Ren, C. L., Desai, H., Platt, M., Dixon, M.

(2011)

Clinical outcomes in infants with cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) related metabolic syndrome,

in Pediatric Pulmonology

46

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pp. 1079-84

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Taylor-Robinson, D., Agarwal, U., Diggle, P. J., Platt, M. J., Yoxall, B., Alfirevic, Z.

(2011)

Quantifying the impact of deprivation on preterm births: a retrospective cohort study,

in PLoS ONE

6

(8)

article no. e23163

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Perry, D., Bruce, C., Pope, D., Dangerfield, P., Platt, M., Hall, A.

(2011)

Perthes' disease: deprivation and decline,

in Archives of Disease in Childhood

96

(12)

pp. 1124-1128

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Lavender, T., Platt, M. J., Tsekiri, E., Casson, I., Byrom, S., Baker, L., Walkinshaw, S.

(2010)

Women's perceptions of being pregnant and having pregestational diabetes,

in Midwifery

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(6)

pp. 589-595

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Parkes, J., Hill, N., Platt, M. J., Donnelly, C.

(2010)

Oromotor dysfunction and communication impairments in children with cerebral palsy: a register study,

in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology

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pp. 1113-1119

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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 

Teaching Interests

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

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • 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 Responsibilities

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