Professor Mark Tomlinson is the co-Director of the Institute for Life Course Health Research in the Department of Global Health at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He is also a Professor in Maternal and Child Health in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queens University, Belfast, UK. His scholarly work has involved a diverse range of topics that have in common an interest in factors that contribute to compromised maternal health, to understanding infant and child development in contexts of high adversity, to understand the impact of maternal depression on infant and child health and development, and how to develop community based home visiting intervention programmes. He was elected as a member of the Academy of Science in South Africa in 2017. He was one of the co-ordinating writers of the World Health Organization document – ‘Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development: A Framework for Helping Children Survive and Thrive to Transform Health and Human Potential. He has published over 250 papers in peer-reviewed journals, edited two books and published numerous chapters. He is on the Editorial Board of PLoS Medicine; is an Associate Editor of Infant Mental Health Journal; is on the Editorial Board of Psychology, Health and Medicine; and also on the Editorial Board of Adversity and Resilience Science: Journal of Research and Practice.