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My research in a nutshell

My research focuses on the pregnancy complications preterm birth and stillbirth. Each year more than 15 million babies are born preterm, and 2.5 million are stillborn. My aim is to develop better ways of predicting and diagnosing pregnancy complications enabling safe, personalised care for mothers and babies. 

Current Research Interests

Medicines in Pregnancy, COVID-19, Lockdown and perinatal outcomes, Antenatal Corticosteroids, Preterm labour, Fetal Inflammation, Diagnosing preterm labour, Intrauterine Growth Restriction, Stillbirth

Clinical Expertise and Specialisation

I am a Consultant Obstetrician and Subspecialist in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.


BSc (Hons) Reproductive Biology

MBChB - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

MSc Clinical Trials 

Supervision of SSC, BSc and Master's in Public Health student projects

Visiting and Research Positions

Program Director In Utero, Wellcome Leap

Affiliat member of the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health University of Edinburgh

Clinical Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Western Australia Medical School, University of Western Australia. 


Education/Academic qualification

Medical Science, Doctor in Philosophy, Antimicrobial Proteins in Pregnancy, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 15 Jul 2008

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Jan 1998

Bachelor of Science, University of St Andrews

Award Date: 1 Jan 1991

External positions

Board member, Sands, Victoria Charity Centre, Suit GF2, Belgrave Road, London, UK

Dec 2019 → …


  • RG Gynecology and obstetrics
  • Pregnancy
  • Preterm birth
  • Fetal Medicine
  • Parturition
  • Fetal Inflammatory Response
  • Corticosteroids
  • COVID-19
  • Medicines in pregnancy


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  • Queen's Anniversary Prize

    Stock, Sarah (Recipient), 2018

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    Stock, Sarah (Recipient), May 2019

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  • RSE Mary Somerville Medal

    Hammersley, Victoria (Recipient), Sheikh, Aziz (Recipient), Robertson, Chris (Recipient), McMenamin, Jim (Recipient), Ritchie, Sir Lewis D (Recipient), Simpson, Colin R (Recipient), Vasileiou, Eleftheria (Recipient), Woolhouse, Mark (Recipient), Buckingham, Susan (Recipient), Buelo, Audrey (Recipient), Burridge, Amanda (Recipient), Calvert, Clara (Recipient), Cameron, Ross (Recipient), Carruthers, Jade (Recipient), Chua, Vera (Recipient), Coote, Morna (Recipient), Cullen, Lucy (Recipient), Daines, Luke (Recipient), Docherty, Annemarie (Recipient), Fenton, Lynda (Recipient), Grange, Zoe (Recipient), Hainey, Kirsten (Recipient), Hall, Elliott (Recipient), Hameed, Safraj (Recipient), Harvey, Ciaran (Recipient), Hillman, Sam (Recipient), James, Allan (Recipient), Jayacodi, Sandra (Recipient), Jeffrey, Karen (Recipient), Katikireddi, Srinivasa Vittal (Recipient), Kelly, Dave (Recipient), Kennedy, Sharon (Recipient), Kerr, Steven (Recipient), Kurdi, Amanj (Recipient), Leslie, Kirstin (Recipient), Linning, Gabriella (Recipient), Macdonald, Calum (Recipient), Marple, James (Recipient), Marsh, Kimberly (Recipient), Mccabe, Ronan (Recipient), McCowan, Colin (Recipient), McLaughlin, Iain (Recipient), McPhail, Dan (Recipient), McVeigh, Pam (Recipient), Millington, Tristan (Recipient), Moore, Emily (Recipient), Morrison, Kirsty (Recipient), Mueller, Tanja (Recipient), Mulholland, Rachel (Recipient), Murray, Josie (Recipient), Pan, Jiafeng (Recipient), Reglinska-matveyev, Natalia (Recipient), Rudan, Igor (Recipient), Shah, Ahmar (Recipient), Shi, Ting (Recipient), Stock, Sarah (Recipient), Stockton, Diane (Recipient), Sullivan, Chris (Recipient), Swallow, Ben (Recipient), Taylor, Bob (Recipient), Tibble, Holly (Recipient), Weatherill, David (Recipient), Willson, Amy (Recipient), Wood, Rachael (Recipient), Woolford, Lana (Recipient), Young, Nicholas (Recipient), Agrawal, Utkarsh (Recipient) & Fagbamigbe, Adeniyi (Recipient), 20 Mar 2023

    Prize: National/international honour