Peter Brocklehurst MBChB, FRCOG, MSc (Epid), FFPH

Professor of Perinatal Epidemiology / Co-Director of PRU-MHC, NPEU


Peter Brocklehurst is Professor of Women's Health at UCL, London and Professor of Perinatal Epidemiology at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU). He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health.

Peter graduated in Medicine from Dundee University in 1985. After post-graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology he was admitted to the RCOG in 1991. He undertook the MSc course in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, graduating in 1994. He was appointed research fellow to the Perinatal Trials Service at the NPEU in 1994, becoming Consultant Clinical Epidemiologist in 1996. He was then appointed Director in September 2002.

At the NPEU Peter developed a large programme of clinical trials in perinatal care as well as a large observational study to evaluate the outcomes associated with planned birth in hospital, midwifery-units and home. He created UKOSS, the UK Obstetric Surveillance System, a system to measure the incidence and outcomes of a range of rare disorders of pregnancy.

Peter chairs numerous steering committees and data monitoring committees, and is a member of the executive and board of the NIHR Medicines for Children Research Network ( and the National Reproductive Health Research Network ( In 2010 he was made a NIHR Senior Investigator.