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- Reader in Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine
- Maternal & Fetal Medicine
- Inst for Women's Health
- Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
I am Reader and Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine at Institute for Women’s Health, University College London (UCL) and UCL Hospitals, London, UK. I trained in medicine and qualified from St Andrew’s University, Scotland in 1989 with an Intercalated BSc in Medical Science and from Manchester University in 1992 when I was awarded MB ChB. I did specialty training in obstetrics and gynaecology in London (NW Thames London Deanery). I completed a PhD on “Development of ultrasound guided gene therapy in the sheep fetus” in 2005, and then undertook subspecialty training in maternal fetal medicine at UCL with Professor Charles Rodeck as supervisor, becoming a consultant in 2008. I was awarded an NIHR Clinical Senior Lectureship in Women’s Health in 2008 and was promoted to Reader in 2012. I became Head of Research Department for Maternal Fetal Medicine in 2016.
I am Head of the Research Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine at UCL Institute for Women's Health, where I lead for the Prenatal Gene and Cellular Therapy Group. The aim of the research is to develop prenatal treatment of severe and life-threatening disorders using gene and cellular therapy, and to investigate the efficacy, safety and ethical issues of such treatment. Developments: new ultrasound guided injection techniques to deliver gene therapy vectors to fetal organs; long term expression of therapeutic genes for treatment of haemophilia; long term increase in uteroplacental blood flow for treatment of fetal growth restriction; stem cell gene therapy to treat congenital disease; new imaging for fetal surgery and fetal diagnosis. My clinical based research is studying prediction and prevention of preterm birth, and outcomes in pregnancies affected by fetal growth restriction.
I teach both undergraduate and postgraduate clinicians and scientists, at UCL and other institutions. I am an accredited Educational Supervisor within the London Deanery.
I am Education Supervisor for UCL medical students and I teach 4th year UCL medical students and intercalating medical students. I host projects for UCL intercalating medical students and BSc students, Special Study Modules for final year medical students from UCL and other medical schools, and medical student elective projects.
Within the Institute for Women's Health MSc courses I am Deputy Chair of the Board of Examiners, a course organiser and an examiner. I lecture on other UCL MSc courses including Institute of Child Health MSc in Cell and Gene Therapy.
I supervise PhD students within Institute for Women’s Health, Institute of Child Health and UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC). I am a tutor for the UCL British Heart Foundation 4 year PhD Studentship in Cardiovascular Biomedicine, and the UCL Doctoral Training Programme in Medical and Biomedical Imaging a joint PhD programme between CMIC and Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI). I lead the Clinical Programme for Fetal Imaging, Academic Board of the UCL EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging and the UCL Institute for Healthcare Engineering Gynaecology and Obstetrics Flagship theme.
|01-APR-2016||Head of Research Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine||Institute for Women's Health||University College London, United Kingdom|
|2008||CCST||Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training – Obstetrics and Gynaecology||General Medical Council|
|2005||PhD||Doctor of Philosophy – Obstetrics and Gynaecology||University College London|
|1998||MRCOG||Member of the Royal College of Gynaecologists – Obstetrics and Gynaecology||Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists|
|1992||MB.ChB||Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – Clinical Medicine||University of Manchester|
|1989||BSc||Bachelor of Science – Medical Sciences||University of St Andrews|