Jenny Kurinczuk graduated in Medicine from Leicester University in 1985. Following post-graduate training in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Public Health Medicine she was appointed Lecturer in Epidemiology at Leicester University and embarked upon her doctoral research on occupationally related male infertility. She then spent seven years working at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Western Australia. She returned to the UK in 1999 to take up a Senior Lecturer post in Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology at Leicester University.
Jenny joined the NPEU in October 2003 as Consultant Clinical Epidemiologist, was promoted to Deputy Director of the Unit and Reader in Perinatal Epidemiology in 2008, before becoming Professor of Perinatal Epidemiology in 2010 and Director of the NPEU in 2011. She stepped down from this role in June 2023 becoming an Emeritus Professor. During her career Jenny has worked across a broad range of areas of maternal and perinatal health including the causes and consequences of neonatal encephalopathy, cerebral palsy and congenital anomalies, the health outcomes for children born following assisted conception, national programmes of near miss maternal morbidity, the evaluation of paediatric surgical interventions for congenital anomalies, and the national surveillance of confidential enquiries of maternal and perinatal death. As part of the latter work she led the creation of the national Perinatal Mortality Review Tool (PMRT) designed to support hospitals in conducting reviews of care when babies die in order to improve the information provided to parents and the generation of quality improvement learning to prevent future similar deaths. In her Emeritus capacity she will focus on improving and expanding the PMRT.