The Blizard institute is very pleased to be able to celebrate the inaugural lecture of Professor Shakila Thangaratinam which took place on Friday the 9 June 2017 and addressed how current clinical practice is often underpinned by poor or no evidence.

    

Professor Thangaratinam's talk focused on the development, conduct and dissemination of her studies, which address gaps in evidence, and how they impact on clinical care; on the establishment of multicentre, multi professional, and multinational collaborative networks; and on the crucial role of women in influencing research that is relevant to their needs.

 

Shakila Thangaratinam is a Professor of maternal and perinatal health at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). As Consultant Obstetrician she is involved in the care of high risk mothers at Barts Health NHS Trust, where she is the Director for Research and Development in Women's Health. She is a member of the Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Board, Academic Board at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), Wellbeing of Women Research Advisory Committee and Maternal Medicine Clinical Study Group at the RCOG.

Professor Thangaratinam has established a strong portfolio of research in maternal and perinatal health. Her work focuses on prediction, prevention and treatment of complications in mothers with pre-eclampsia, epilepsy, diabetes, and obesity. She leads several national and international collaborative research networks. Many of her studies have resulted in high impact publications and have influenced national and international guidelines.