I have worked for more than 2 decades with Sir Robert Edwards (Nobel Prize of Medicine 2010 for the discovery of IVF), Stuart Campbell (Pioneer of Ultrasound) and Charles Rodeck (Pioneer of Fetal medicine). I am now an internationally established fetal medicine specialist with extensive experience in the related bioscience.
For 30 years I have had a particular interest in placental and fetal development and in the diagnosis and management of placental related-complications of pregnancy– covering the full spectrum from the anatomy and physiology to the diagnosis and treatment in utero of placental and fetal diseases. I have also developed a special interest in the pathophysiology of early pregnancy failure and the management of pregnancies resulting from artificial reproductive technology (ART) and in particular multiple pregnancy gestations.
I was awarded a personal chair at UCL in 2002. I am the laurate of 3 international and 3 national prizes for my work on the human placenta including the 2002 International Prize for Research in Placentology of the International Placental Federations Association (IPFA) and the 2004 McGanity annual lecture (Baylor College, Houston, Tx).
In 2006, I co-founded “Medical Aid Films”, a charity dedicated to help medical training and education in low-income countries using a multimedia approach (www.medicalaidfilms.org
). 185 films in 14 languages used by over 1,300 organisations and individuals in 80 countries worldwide. We recently launched new films with GE Healthcare for women in sub Saharan Africa and SE Asia, which will be shown on new portable ultrasound devices. Our first film on women’s rights in childbirth will be used in health worker training in Malawi, and our first animation in response to the Ebola crisis will be used by community health workers in Guinea.