University Of Edinburgh EH16 4SA

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University Of Edinburgh EH16 4SA

Full contact details for the AFFIRM team.

Professor Jane Norman, CI

Professor of Maternal and Fetal Health Director of the Edinburgh Tommy’s Centre Vice Principal, Equality and Diversity

Contact details: UoE/ MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, The Queen’s Medical Research Institute, 47 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 4TJ Telephone: 0131 242 6623 Email:

PA: Karen Witherspoon Telephone: 0131 242 2694 Email:

Dr Alexander Heazell


Dr Alexander Heazell is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics working at the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, University of Manchester. He is the Clinical Director of the Tommy’s Stillbirth Research Centre and leads the stillbirth research theme at the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre. After graduation from the University of Birmingham Medical School in 2000, he commenced clinical training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. After completing his PhD thesis on placenta dysfunction in preeclampsia, he has focussed his research interests around stillbirth and is particularly interested in the role that placental dysfunction plays in this condition. He has also led qualitative research projects to explore professionals and parents’ experiences after stillbirth, with a particular focus on investigations following a stillbirth. His research portfolio includes a profile of basic science, clinical and qualitative research studies. His passion for stillbirth research stems, in part, from his personal experience of stillbirth. He is on the board of the International Stillbirth Alliance.

Catherine Calderwood MA Cantab. MBChB MRCOG FRCP Edin

Catherine is the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, appointed in March 2015.

She is an obstetrician and gynaecologist and continues to have a maternal medicine antenatal clinic at the Royal infirmary of Edinburgh. Catherine qualified from Cambridge and Glasgow universities. As a junior doctor she worked in medical specialities in Glasgow Royal infirmary and at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh before completing her specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology and maternal medicine in SE Scotland and St Thomas’ Hospital London. She became a medical adviser to Scottish Government in 2010 and has been instrumental in the work in reducing stillbirths and neonatal deaths in Scotland and in reducing avoidable harm in maternity services. More recently her role expanded and work includes major trauma services and the introduction of robotic surgery for prostate cancer to Scotland. Until her recent appointment as Chief Medical Officer Catherine was also the National Clinical Director for maternity and women’s health for NHS England. Her research interests include thromboembolic disease in pregnancy and she is an investigator on the AFFIRM study which will study the effect of the introduction of a standardized education and management plan for the care of women presenting with decreased fetal movements in hospitals throughout the UK and Ireland. Catherine is chair of the UK maternal, newborn and infant Clinical Outcome Review Programme – the new process for confidential enquiries into maternal, newborn and infant deaths and severe morbidity run by MBRRACE-UK. She chairs the Scottish Government stillbirth working group and is a member of the RCOG stillbirth Clinical Studies Group. She was the obstetrician on the panel of the Morecambe Bay Inquiry into maternity and neonatal services and is a member of the recently formed Review of maternity and neonatal services in England.

Dr Sarah Stock

Clinical Lecturer & Subspecialty Trainee, Maternal Fetal Medicine Email:

Dr Rachael Wood

Consultant in Public Health Medicine, ISD

Dr Chris Weir


Dr Michael Geary

Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology Professor in Obstetrics & Gynaecology Rotunda Hospital,Parnell Square,  Dublin 1, Ireland Email: