Maria Quigley

Maria Quigley BA, MSc


Professor of Statistical Epidemiology

Maria Quigley has research interests in child health and development following perinatal 'exposures' such as preterm birth, infertility treatment, breastfeeding and smoking.



Maria joined the NPEU in January 2004. She is a co-applicant on the Policy Research Unit in Maternal Health and Care and is leading projects within this programme on breastfeeding, fathers and smoking in pregnancy. She has published extensively on the health outcomes associated with infant feeding and was a co-investigator of a UNICEF-funded project which estimated the costs associated with not breastfeeding in the UK. She has recently led an MRC-funded study of health outcomes in infants conceived following infertility treatment and a Bupa Foundation funded study of health outcomes following preterm birth, with a particular focus on late preterm and early term birth. Together with the Multiple Births Foundation, she has co-led a project to produce guidelines on infant feeding in multiples, which was funded by the Big Lottery Fund. Maria teaches on the MSc in Global Public Health Science, including leading the module in Statistics and teaching on the module in Maternal and Child Health.

Maria studied Mathematics at the University of Liverpool and Statistics at the University of Oxford. Between 1991 and 2003, she worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she was a Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics and Epidemiology. Her main research interests were in the epidemiology and control of HIV infection, sexually transmitted infections and tuberculosis in developing countries. Maria continues to have some research links in maternal and child health in developing countries.