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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), 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 am laboratory lead for the Prenatal Gene and Cellular Therapy Group at the Institute for Women's Health. 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. My clinical based research is studying prediction and prevention of preterm birth.
I teach both undergraduate
and postgraduate clinicians and scientists, at UCL and other institutions.
I lecture to 4th year UCL medical students and intercalating medical students (UCL Surgical Sciences). I also 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. I lecture on UCL MSc courses including Institute of Child Health MSc in Cell and Gene Therapy, in Surgical Science, and the global e-MSc course in Haemoglobinopathies, developed by UCL and Thalassaemia International Federation. I am one of the course organisers, an examiner and a lecturer for the UCL Institute for Women’s Health MSc courses in Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine, and Reproductive Sciences and Women's Health.
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 UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC) and Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI). I am an accredited Educational Supervisor within the London Deanery.
|2005||PhD||Doctor of Philosophy – Obstetrics and Gynaecology||University College London|
|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|