I am an academic clinical fellow in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with an interest in disorders of placental vascular dysfunction, such as pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction. In August 2016 I started a PhD working with Professor Beech, investigating mechanical sensitivity in placental vasculature. This work is supported by a grant from the MRC and RCOG.
I have always been interested in academic medicine and have conducted a variety of projects alongside clinical work. This has included systematic reviews, meta-analysis and the publication of guidelines, alongside laboratory work.
I've always been extremely well supported by my colleagues, including my current supervisors Mr Nigel Simpson and Professor James Walker. Since working in LICAMM, Professor Beech has also been very encouraging.
The Yorkshire and the Humber deanery has been very supportive of me pursuing time out of clinical training to work on this PhD project.
I would advise that doing a combination of clinical and academic work can be challenging and is hard work. However, having the opportunity to apply research in context is extremely rewarding. I have particularly enjoyed forming a network of colleagues and mentors from both backgrounds.
After completing this PhD I hope to continue working in academic medicine, and apply my knowledge of placental disease in a specialist position within obstetrics and gynaecology.