Stephen McCall

MR Stephen McCall BSc, MSc (Oxon)


DPhil Candidate

Stephen is in the second year of his DPhil, which will examine severe complications in pregnancy through international collaborations.



Stephen gained a BSc in Geography with First Class honours from the University of Aberdeen in 2013. During this degree programme he became an intern at the Epidemiology Group, Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen. In this role, he completed his undergraduate dissertation "Evaluating the social determinants of teenage pregnancy and preterm birth using an obstetric database from 1950-2010" under the supervision of Dr Sohinee Bhattacharya, Dr Lorna Philip and Professor Gary Macfarlane.

After graduation he was employed as a research assistant for the epidemiology group. In this role, he completed a systematic review and secondary data analysis on "Repeat abortions in NHS Grampian". He was further employed as a research assistant for the Aberdeen Maternity Neonatal Databank under the supervision of Dr Sohinee Bhattacharya. 

Since commencing as a research assistant, Stephen has continued to work on projects led by Professor Phyo Myint in the Aberdeen Gerontological and Epidemiological INter-disciplinary Research Group, Epidemiology Group, University of Aberdeen. Stephen is currently an honorary research affiliate in the AGEING theme, University of Aberdeen.

Stephen recently completed his Masters in Global Health Science at the University of Oxford. His MSc dissertation examined factors associated with maternal mortality in women of advanced maternal age. This project was supervised by Dr Manisha Nair and Professor Marian Knight. 

Stephen is undertaking research for his DPhil on rare and severe complications of pregnancy, through multi-national collaborative studies using the International Network of Obstetric Survey Systems (INOSS). His work is being jointly supervised by Professor Marian Knight and Professor Jenny Kurinczuk. He is completing the first international prospective study on anaphylaxis in pregnancy


  • McCall SJ, Nair M, Knight M. Factors associated with maternal mortality at advanced maternal age: a population-based case–control study. BJOG. 2016;10.1111/1471-0528.14216.
  • McCall SJ, Bhattacharya S, Macfarlane G, Okpo E. PMM.28 A temporal-spatial assessment of spontaneous very preterm birth in relation to social class from 1950–2010 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition 2014 June 01;99(Suppl 1):A132-A132.
  • McCall SJ, Nur Ibrahim U, Imamura M, Okpo E, Flett G, Bhattacharya S. PP25 Exploring the determinant factors for repeat abortion: A systematic review. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2014 September 01;68(Suppl 1):A57-A57.
  • McCall SJ, Bhattacharya S. High risk of traffic crashes in pregnancy: Are there any explanations? Canadian Medical Association Journal 2014 July 08;186(10):733-734.
  • McCall SJ, Bhattacharya S, Okpo E, Macfarlane GJ. Evaluating the social determinants of teenage pregnancy: a temporal analysis using a UK obstetric database from 1950 to 2010. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2015 Jan;69(1):49-54.
  • McCall, SJ,  Musgrave SD, Potter JF, Hale R, Clark AB, Mamas MA, Metcalf AK, Day DJ, Warburton EA, Bachmann MO, Myint PK; Anglia Stroke Clinical Network Evaluation Study (ASCNES) Group. The shock index predicts acute mortality outcomes in stroke. International Journal of Cardiology. 2015 Mar;182:523-7
  • Stewart, S, McCall, SJ, Towers, L, et al. The effectiveness of peri-abortion counselling interventions in preventing subsequent unplanned pregnancy: a systematic review of randomised control trials. J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care. 2015. (Online first)
  • McCall SJ, Flett G, Okpo E, Bhattacharya S. Who has a repeat abortion? Identifying women at risk of repeated terminations of pregnancy: analysis of routinely collected health care data. J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care. 2016;42(2):133-42
  • McCall SJ, Flett G, Okpo E, Bhattacharya S. Comment on ‘Who has a repeat abortion? Identifying women at risk of repeated terminations of pregnancy: analysis of routinely collected health care data’: authors’ response. J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care. 2016;42(2):157-8.


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