Researcher honoured for outstanding contributions to maternal health
Every three years, the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) presents a series of awards to honour women who, throughout their careers, have made exceptional contributions to improving healthcare for women, mothers and their children. NPEU is delighted to announce that Professor Marian Knight today received the 2021 Recognition Award to Non-Obstetricians / Gynaecologists. The award was presented during the opening ceremony of the 23rd FIGO World Congress of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, which took place virtually.
A Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health at NPEU, Professor Knight originally trained in obstetrics and neonatology before becoming interested in epidemiology and population health. After training in public health, she became a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and a Research Lecturer in 2006 at the University of Oxford.
Her research focuses on using national observational studies to address clinical questions concerning rare and severe complications of pregnancy and early life. She also leads the MBRRACE-UK national confidential enquiries into maternal morbidity and mortality, the findings from which have directly influenced decisions to increase funding for maternal medical and mental health care.
I am absolutely delighted at this recognition of the international impact of our work. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted starkly once again the importance of including pregnant women in research and this award is testament to the efforts of many in generating the evidence we need to improve women's care.
Besides leading a busy research life, Professor Knight is also highly active in encouraging a wider societal debate on scientific issues, having appeared on various major productions including Channel 4's Dispatches and BBC Radio Four's Today programme. This Saturday, she will be a panel speaker for the event 'Why is getting it wrong good for science?' , part of the IF Oxford Festival. This will explore how the research community can improve trust in the scientific process, and why getting things wrong can be crucial to making progress. The event will take place at the Oxford Museum of Natural History, both in person and as a simultaneous digital live-stream, at 19:00 on Saturday 23 October. You can book tickets via Eventbrite.