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Annual Academic Meeting 2019

The 2019 Annual Academic Meeting, incorporating the Blair Bell Research Society annual meeting, was held on 17-18 January at the College

Presentations were of an extremely high standard, across a breadth of topics in the field of O&G. They included genetically-defined ancestry prediction of hypertension, and exercise prescription to improve quality of life in obese pregnancy.

Delegates haled from both clinical and scientific backgrounds across the UK providing a fantastic forum for new ideas and new collaborations.

Highlights included keynote lectures from:

  • Professor Waljit Dhillo (Imperial College London, Department of Medicine) describing new pathways for funding for academics in the NIHR Academy;
  • Dr James Kitai (Sanyu African Institute, University of Liverpool) and Dr David Lissauer (University of Birmingham) giving a very in-depth account of global heath training from an overseas and UK perspective; and
  • Professor Fiona Denison (University of Edinburgh) stressing the importance of collaborating with industry in our future academic careers.

Professor Lesley Regan (President RCOG) gave an inspirational speech about the RCOG and its role in academic research, and introduced Professor Lucilla Poston (Head of the School of Life Course Sciences, Kings College London) to give her RCOG Academic Award Lecture 2018.

Professor Poston gave a thought-provoking presentation discussing the importance of the life course and fetal programming in our speciality.

There were also presentations from invited post-doctoral speakers describing exciting upcoming trials in intrapartum care and the use of imaging in Women’s heath now and in the future.

The meeting closed with the annual William Blair Bell Memorial Lecture from Dr Linken Stocker (University of Southampton) describing her work about the impact of circadian rhythm on fertility.


Abstracts to the Blair Bell Research Society were invited in the categories of free communications, poster presentations, and 3-minute "pitch your poster" sessions. Work presented in all categories was of a very high standard.

Dr Neil Ryan (MRC Clinical Research Fellow, University of Manchester) presented a strong case for screening all endometrial cancer patients for Lynch Syndrome, and was awarded best oral presentation.

Congratulations to Dr Ryan and all prize winners.


Professor Lucilla Poston receiving her RCOG Academic Award 2018: