Professor Siobhan Quenby
Director of Tommy's National Reproductive Health Biobank
Siobhan Quenby is the Director of the Biomedical Research Unit in Reproductive Health, Professor of Obstetrics at the University of Warwick, and Honorary Consultant at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS trust. Siobhan has twenty years of experience in translational research into recurrent miscarriage and dysfunctional labour. She published over 75 original articles and numerous book chapters on this subject. She serves on several international and national committees.
Her work has received considerable media interest, including from national newspapers, BBC radio and TV, ITV and Channel 4 news. She is also a media spokesperson for the RCOGre.
Mrs Rebecca Sweetman
Tommy's Biobank Senior Biomedical Assistant
Professor Theodoros Arvanitis,
Digital Health Innovation, University of Warwick
Professor Theodoros N. Arvanitis holds the Chair of Digital Health Innovation and he is the Director of The Institute of Digital Healthcare, WMG, at University of Warwick. He is also an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, University of Birmingham. He has been recently part of the newly MRC-Wellcome Trust funded £35 million Health Data Research UK Initiative, where he is the Associate Director of the Midlands Substantive Site of the UK-wide network. Within Warwick, he leads the Biomedical Informatics, Imaging and Healthcare Technologies Research Group.
His research interests span the areas of biomedical engineering, neuroimaging and health informatics (clinical systems interoperability and clinical decision support systems), with a strong academic and industrial experience in software engineering for healthcare applications. As a Research Leader, he has developed a substantial digital health team that encompasses experience across multiple disciplines, which brings together a rich and long pedigree of knowledge, in interconnectivity, interoperability and deployment of innovative solutions. He has delivered solutions at multiple maturity levels (from lab-based innovation to product deployment), and has established collaboration with major actors in the healthcare industry, including trusts, healthcare IT and medical device companies, as well as patient forums and regulators.
Dr Ed Johnstone
Consultant Obstetrician/Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine. University of Manchester
Dr Johnstone is a Consultant Obstetrician/Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine and commenced working within this Trust in 2008. He has a special interest in fetal growth restriction. His education incorporated Leeds University MBChB (1994), University of Manchester PhD (2005) and CCT (with sub-spec fetal medicine) (2008).His role within the hospital includes leading on fetal growth restriction and to manage the fetal growth restriction service. As well as being involved in the Fetal Medicine Department he attends to patients on the delivery suite. Dr Johnstone does not have a standard Antenatal clinic.
Professor Rebecca Reynolds
Professor of Metabolic Medicine University of Edinburgh
Professor Reynolds is a Senior Lecturer in Endocrinology and Diabetes and Consultant Physician and was awarded a Personal Chair as Professor of Metabolic Medicine in 2013.Rebecca’s main research interest is in the early life origins of health and she was awarded the Nick Hales Award in 2011 by the International Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease and the Curt Richter Award in 2012 by the International Society of Psychoneuronendocrinology in recognition of this work. Rebecca’s clinical work includes general diabetes and endocrinology and specialist clinics in reproductive endocrinology and pregnancy. She set up the antenatal metabolic clinic in 2008 with obstetric colleagues. This clinic manages women with metabolic problems in pregnancy including obesity and gestational diabetes and many women participate in clinical research studies supported by Tommys, the baby charity. Rebecca is Clinical Director of the University of Edinburgh Undergraduate Endocrinology and Diabetes Module and Personal Tutor for Undergraduate Medical Students.
Professor Rachel Tribe
Professor of Maternal and Perinatal Sciences. Kings College London
Rachel Tribe is Professor of Maternal and Perinatal Health. She trained as a physiologist (BSc Special Dual Hons Physiology and Zoology) at the University of Sheffield and gained a PhD from the University of London focusing on dietary salt intake, sodium transport, and bronchial reactivity. Subsequently, as an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellow she studied study smooth muscle intracellular calcium regulation at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, USA. On returning to the UK, Dr Tribe became interested in pregnancy and preterm birth and now leads a multidisciplinary research group in the department of Women and Children’s Health, Kings College London. Professor Tribe’s research focuses on translational research related to preterm birth and other pregnancy-associated conditions. Specific interests include uterine ion channel physiology, female reproductive tract innate immune system and interactions with the microbiome in pregnancy, identification of biomarkers for prediction of preterm birth and the potential of combining breastfeeding with probiotic supplementation to improve infant gut health. Professor Tribe collaborates with colleagues in the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Kenya, The Gambia, Mozambique, India and Bangladesh. She has a developing global health portfolio of studies to understand preterm phenotypes and prediction in different settings and is a Co-I on the PRECISE Network.
Professor Phillip Bennett
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Imperial College London
Professor Phillip Bennett trained at St George’s Hospital, London, graduating with a BSc in 1979 and an MB BS in 1982. He did research into the biochemistry of prostaglandin synthesis at Royal Postgraduate Medical School, for which he was awarded an MD in 1988, and did research into the molecular biology of parturition for which he was awarded a PhD in 1993. He became a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG) in 1988 and a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRCOG) in 2000. He has been professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Imperial College London since 1995 and was professor at Royal Postgraduate Medical School between 1995 and the merger with Imperial College in 2000. His clinical and research interests are in the field of preterm labour.
Professor Arri Coomarasamy
Professor of Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine, University of Birmingham,
Professor Arri Coomarasamy received his undergraduate medical training from the University of Birmingham (1995), and completed his subspecialist training in reproductive medicine and surgery at Guy’s Hospital, London. He gained his MD in 2004 for work exploring the integration of diagnostic and therapeutic information. He now leads a team that continues to move from strength to strength in the development of early pregnancy and global women’s health research.
Coordinating Centre Address
University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire
Clinical Sciences Building Room 00110
Clifford Bridge Road, Coventry
Clifford Bridge Road
Tissue Collections Centres
- Manchester University NHS foundation Trust- Central Hospitals
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
- Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
- University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
- The University of Edinburgh
- University of Birmingham