We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Maria Quigley as the Director of Graduates Studies (DGS) for postgraduate research students in the Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH). Maria is a statistical epidemiologist and senior researcher in NPEU. She currently supervises several DPhil students and teaches on the MSc in Global Health Science. She assumes her new role in January 2018, succeeding Professor Sasha Shepperd, who steps down at the end of 2017. Associate Professor Jonathan Emberson will continue to serve as Deputy DGS.
Louise Linsell, Senior Medical Statistician from NPEU, will be presenting the latest results from the EPICURE study, “Born at the threshold of viability: impact on cognitive development into adulthood” (2nd November). Associate Professor Ed Juszczak will also be attending the conference, if you're there, please come and say hello!
Louise has two related articles on cognitive and behavioural trajectories in the EPICURE cohort should be published in the very near future.
NPEU Senior Researcher, and Head of UKMidSS, Rachel Rowe will be at the 12th International Normal Labour and Birth Research Conference in Grange Over Sands. Rachel will be presenting a poster outlining the results of the UKMidSS Severe Obesity Study on outcomes for severely obese women admitted to alongside midwifery units. She will also be presenting a paper on behalf of NPEU researchers Jennifer Hollowell, Yangmei Li and Kathryn Bunch, comparing outcomes for women planning birth in alongside and freestanding midwifery units. If you attend the conference, do come and say hello.
We are pleased to announce that Dr Gracia Fellmeth has received the Ruth Bowden Award from the British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) in recognition of her DPhil research on perinatal depression among migrant women on the Thai-Myanmar border.
We congratulate Gracia on her outstanding academic achievement!
We are delighted to announce that Professor Marian Knight, NPEU researcher and Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health, has been awarded a Fellowship ad eundem by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).
Fellowship ad eundem is the highest honour that RCOG can bestow on people who are not members of the College in recognition of their contribution to the advancement of the science and practice of obstetrics and gynaecology.
We congratulate Marian on her outstanding achievement!
The ELFIN trial, which will evaluate whether giving very preterm infants supplemental lactoferrin (a natural antibiotic protein from cow's milk) reduces the number of serious infections has reached its recruitment target of 2,200 participants.
The 2,200th baby was recruited at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle.
Responding to this news, ELFIN Chief Investigator, Professor Bill McGuire stated
Congratulations and very many thanks to the whole ELFIN team; Paula, Monika and James at the co-ordinating centre in the NPEU trials unit; the site investigators and research nurses across more than 100 neonatal units from Kent to Kirkcaldy, Preston to Portsmouth, Sunderland to Swansea, and Belfast to Bradford; and the thousands of altruistic families across the country who trusted us to care for their babies at a time of great stress by allowing them to participate in this trial. We aim now to complete the task of collating and analysing all of the trial data, and look forward to sharing the findings in 2018.
ELFIN is funded by the National Institute for Health Research’s Health Technology Assessment Programme. University of Oxford is the research sponsor.
The NPEU Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) has been awarded full CTU registration by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC). The Review Committee noted that the application submitted for the 2017 registration call “provided clear evidence of operational experience in the design and delivery of large scale multicentre clinical trials.” The committee concluded “a strong application had been presented from a very good free standing unit which met the criteria for Full Registration”. Our congratulations go out to the entire NPEU CTU team.
Maggie will be delivering the SRIP Lecturer Award titled, 'Starting with the baby: psychological aspects of pregnancy, birth and development'.
Reem will be discussing the challenges and complexities of women with learning disabilities in maternity services research and Jane will be sharing findings from a national survey regarding the care and outcome of care experienced by women with mental health problems in pregnancy.
Poster flash presentations 'Father involvement in early child upbringing and mental health outcomes in the pre-adolescent years' by Charles and 'Maternity care experiences of mothers with multiple disadvantages in England: a qualitative descriptive study' by Jenny will be on display throughout the conference.
If you are attending the conference, please say hello.