Why pregnancy research matters | Professor Lucy Chappell FMedSci

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Professor Lucy Chappell is upcoming Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health and Social Care. In this short talk she explains why research is so key to improving care and outcomes for pregnant women, in an area of medicine where some aspects have barely changed for hundreds of years.

Professor Lucy Chappell FMedSci is Professor in Obstetrics at King’s College London and an Honorary Consultant Obstetrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Her research looks into how to predict and prevent bad pregnancy outcomes, particularly in women who already have health issues such as chronic hypertension and chronic kidney disease.

In this talk, she explores how new diagnostic tests during pregnancy for women with suspected pre-eclampsia were developed, and explains how she sees research as a cornerstone to tackling inequalities experienced by women throughout their pregnancies.

She is also national pregnancy lead for the RECOVERY trial in COVID-19 and has been vaccine lead for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists up to May 2021.

She gave this presentation as part of the Academy of Medical Sciences New Fellow’s Admissions Day 2021, held virtually in July 2021.

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