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IMPROvED UK/Liverpool Team
Professor Zarko Alfirevic MD FRCOG
Principal Investigator IMPROvED
Zarko Alfirevic is Professor of Fetal and Maternal Medicine at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital, one of the largest maternity hospitals in Europe with more than 8,300 births per annum. He is the Head of Department of Women’s and Children’s Health at the University of Liverpool.
His particular expertise is in evidence-based medicine and clinical trials in high-risk obstetrics. He is the Director of Centre for Women’s Health Research, Editor of the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group, Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, Chair of the Clinical Standards Committee for the International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Chair of the RCOG Academic Board. A full biography and publication list can be found here.
Dr Kate Navaratnam MBCHB(hons) MRCOG
Kate Navaratnam is a Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, University of Liverpool. Kate is a Specialist Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, her clinical interests are fetal and maternal medicine.
Kate’s research interests include placental disease, obstetric pharmacology and pharmacogenetics. Whilst studying for her PhD, she is conducting a cohort study to assess aspirin response and pharmacogenetics in pregnant women at high-risk of pre-eclampsia.
Research Midwife IMPROvED
Siobhan Holt has been working as a Research Midwife for the last 4 years following on from a career of 16 years as a Clinical Midwife at Liverpool Women's Hospital. Engaging women in research and promoting research among her colleagues and peers is a particular passion of hers. Siobhan is currently completing a BSc in Professional Practice.
phone: 0214205026 or 0873366041
IMPROvED Ireland Team
Louise is Professor of Obstetrics at University College Cork and a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH). She is also the Director of The Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT) funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).
Louise is a graduate of Liverpool Medical School and trained in the Mersey and Trent regions before moving to the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, University of Manchester & St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester where she worked as a Lecturer and subsequently a Consultant and Senior Lecturer. Since her appointment to University College Cork in 2006 Louise has continued to develop her research programme in uteroplacental insufficiency, adverse pregnancy outcome and pregnancy loss. In 2007, Louise was appointed as a Health Research Board Ireland Clinician Scientist and is the project leader for the Screening for Pregnancy Endpoints (SCOPE) study in Ireland. This is a prospective longitudinal case cohort of pregnancy outcome which has led to the development of the world's largest global pregnancy biobank (see www.scopestudy.net). In 2009 Louise was awarded a prestigious Principal Investigator Programme grant from SFI to develop predictive metabolomic markers of poor pregnancy outcome. She has recently won the Enterprise Ireland Life Sciences & Food Commercialisation Award for developing and commercialising the first predictive diagnosis for pre-eclampsia in early pregnancy. In addition she currently holds grants from The Wellcome Trust, The Children’s Medical and Research Foundation, Molecular Medicine Ireland and the Health Research Board of Ireland. A full biography and publication list can be found here.
Nicolai has worked as a Midwife in Cork University Maternity Hospital for a number of years. A graduate of the nursing school in UCC, she went on to complete a HDip in Midwifery followed by a research masters. Nicolai has vast research experience and was the midwife coordinator of the SCOPE study in CUMH. Her research interests include high risk pregnancy, with a particular interest in VTE (Venous thromboembolism) and Diabetes in pregnancy. Nicolai’s role in IMPROvED is as the global midwife coordinator with responsibility for monitoring data in order to maintain consistency and high standards across all sites. Training of midwives and troubleshooting as the study progresses. Setting targets for recruitment and supporting and advising all centres on how best to achieve these targets.
Maeve comes from a background of nursing and midwifery. She has previous experience as a midwife at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London caring for women with high risk conditions such as Diabetes, Lupus, Bleeding Disorders and Cardiac Conditions. In this role she provided Antenatal classes, clinics, intrapartum care and postnatal home visits. Having completed a Masters in Advanced Practice last year at King’s College London her interest in research has grown and Maeve will complete a postgraduate Masters degree while working on the IMPROvED project. She is passionate about Midwifery, and keen to ensure the delivery of high quality, evidence based practice and woman centred care for all women.
Colleen qualified as a General Nurse from the Mercy University Hospital, Cork and continued her education by becoming a Midwife in the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin. Colleen gained valuable experience in the labour post-natal wards of the busiest maternity hospital in Europe where 9000+ babies are born each year. During her time in the NMH, Colleen assisted in many research studies such as The ROLO study (a low glycaemic index diet in pregnancy to prevent macrosomia), the ProP study (Probiotics in Pregnancy Study), and the PEARS study (the Pregnancy, Exercise And nutrition Research study with app support) where she was involved in collecting research samples from post-natal women. Colleen appreciates all aspects of Midwifery care and is delighted to join the Cork IMPRoVED team.
Aimee qualified as a midwife in 2013 having completed a four-year degree specialising in midwifery. She was the recipient of a Health Research Board Scholarship, enabling her to pursue her interests in research. She assisted in a number of research projects within the university during her time as a student midwife and before joining the IMPROvED team, she had gained extensive experience caring for women in the Outpatient Department, CUMH. In early 2015, she will begin a part time research Masters while continuing to work as part of the IMPROvED team.
Gráinne is a research midwife on the IMPROvED programme. She completed her BSc Midwifery in the University of Limerick in 2011. After graduating, she volunteered as a midwife in Ghana before beginning work as an agency midwife in various maternity hospitals around Ireland. She then travelled to Brisbane, Australia where she worked as a midwife in one of Queensland’s busiest maternity hospitals, Mater Mothers Hospital. She returned home to Cork in 2015 and began working as a research midwife with the EU funded IMPROvED study.