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RCOG World Congress starts in London today

News 17 June 2019

Today marks the start of RCOG World Congress 2019 in London. This exciting event – one of the largest of its kind – will run from Monday 17  - Wednesday 19 June and will be hosted at London’s ExCel arena with almost 4,000 delegates from over 100 countries.

The event will see a number of high profile speakers present on exciting new research, developments and trending topics in obstetrics and gynaecology with a focus on educating and inspiring clinicians at all stages of their career.

Leading speakers will include Dr Neel Shah, assistant professor of obstetrics, gynaecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School, Tim Spector, professor of genetics at King’s College London, and associate professor Kirsten Black, academic gynaecologist from the University of Sydney.

Two fringe events will include a panel discussion on the decriminalisation of abortion and the RCOG Women’s Health Strategy. Speakers will include politicians, clinicians and eminent specialists.

This year’s Congress will include women’s voices throughout the programme, with women providing accounts of their own experiences of the topics discussed.

Highlights of the programme include:

  • Professor Neel Shah from Harvard Medical School will talk on how to design healthcare systems to improve the care of women worldwide
  • Professor Lesley Regan, RCOG President, will review current health outcomes for women in the UK and share key points from the Women’s Health Taskforce
  • Professor Tim Spector from Kings College London will give a plenary talk on twins, microbes and personalised health
  • Pregnancy at advanced maternal age will be discussed by Professor Jenny Kurinczuk from the University of Oxford and obesity in pregnancy will be presented by Professor Fiona Denison from the University of Edinburgh
  • A debate on the ethics and unintended consequences of non-invasive prenatal testing will be considered by leading obstetricians and actress, comedian and writer Sally Phillips
  • Hope or hype? Neonatal seeding after caesarean delivery will also be deliberated by international experts in the field
  • Advances in fetal surgery to treat spina bifida in the UK will be discussed by Professor Jan Deprest, from University Hospitals Leuven
  • Dr Lakshmi Sukumaran, Medical Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will offer the CDC’s perspective on the safety of vaccines during pregnancy
  • Ms Naomi Crouch, Consultant Gynaecologist and chair of the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology, will review labial reduction surgery


RCOG President Professor Lesley Regan, said:

“This year is our largest ever RCOG World Congress as we will be joined by 4,000 attendees from over 100 countries. Our programme is thought provoking, with truly inspiring speakers who will share with us their experiences and perspectives alongside the remarkable work going on within the field of obstetrics and gynaecology.

“The real breadth of discussion is important to us as a College. We are a global institution with half of our members residing and practicing outside of the UK. We have the ambition to make sure the RCOG is in the best possible position to ensure women and girls have access to the healthcare they need, to make sure that best practice is standard and to effect change across the world.”


For those unable to attend the event, you can follow live updates from across our social media channels by using the hashtag #RCOG2019.

For more information, see RCOG London Congress 2019

View the full programme and list of speakers here (PDF).