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New Academic Board members

The Academic Board are pleased to introduce you to the new members of the Board who started in October 2016.

Professor Andrew Horne PhD FRCOG – Higher Education Institution (HEI) Representative to the Academic Board

Professor Andrew Horne

Professor Andrew Horne holds a Personal Chair in Gynaecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Edinburgh and is an Honorary Consultant Gynaecologist with NHS Lothian. Andrew is a clinician scientist with a strong interest in translational research. The work in his team ranges from preclinical laboratory studies to human studies/multicentre trials relevant to benign gynaecological conditions (e.g. early pregnancy complications, pelvic pain, endometriosis). Andrew is Chair of ESHRE Special Interest Group Endometriosis and Endometrium, Chair of the James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership for Endometriosis, and Deputy Editor of HR Open.

Dr Robbie Kerr – Junior Trainee Representative to the Academic Board

Dr Robbie Kerr

Dr Robbie Kerr is an ST4 and has entered his second year as an Academic Clinical Fellow in the Sanyu Research Unit at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.  The Sanyu Unit specialises in low cost technologies for improving global maternal and newborn health.  Robbie’s research interest is international maternal health, specifically: evaluation of obstetrics training in low-resource settings, induction of labour and postpartum haemorrhage. He is motivated to improve opportunities for those at all stages of their training to get involved in research in obstetrics and gynaecology.

Professor Shakila Thangaratinam MRCOG – Higher Education Institution Representative to the Education Board

Professor Shakila Thangaratinam

Shakila Thangaratinam MRCOG is Professor of Maternal and Perinatal Health and consultant in obstetrics at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. Shakila actively contributes to the academic strategies of the Women’s Health Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).  She is on the research advisory committee of NIHR RfPB (Research for Patient Benefit) funder, London and Wellbeing of Women (WOW). As an Executive Committee Board member of the Maternal Medicine CSG (Clinical Study Group), Shakila regularly provides input into potential studies. She leads multi-centre clinical trials across UK, and large collaborative groups globally, which are involved in Individual Participant Data (IPD) Meta-analysis. Her work has been published in high impact journals, and influence national and international guidelines.

Dr Jo Trinder FRCOG – Head of School Representative to the Academic Board

Profile to follow.

Dr Bassel Wattar – Senior Trainee Representative to the Academic Board

Dr Bassel Wattar

Dr Bassel Wattar is a Doctoral Candidate at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry - Queen Mary University of London and a Clinical Research Fellow at The Royal London Hospital- Barts Health NHS Trust.  Bassel is current Chair and co-founder of the UK Trainee Research and Audit Collaborative in O+G (UKARCOG), and co-founder of the Midland Research and Audit Trainee Collaborative (MROG). In addition Bassel is an organising member of the Katherine Twining Network Women’s Health Research Network, a UK Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management. He has a special interest in evidence synthesis, systematic reviews, meta-analysis and medical education