17 May 2019   |   Network update from University of Warwick
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University of Warwick pregnancy researchers named among Nation’s Lifesavers


Researchers from the University of Warwick have today been recognised for their exceptional contribution to keeping the nation healthy.

Professor Siobhan Quenby and Professor Jan Brosens from Warwick Medical School are two of the Nation’s Lifesavers – the top 100 individuals or groups based in universities whose work is saving lives and making a life-changing difference to our health and wellbeing.

They have been named for the first time today as part of Universities UK’s MadeAtUni campaign, which brings to life the impact of universities on everyday lives.

Around one per cent of all women experience recurrent miscarriage, which doctors define as the loss of three or more consecutive pregnancies. The experience can be devastating, with many women suffering both physical and emotional distress. Research by Professor Quenby and Professor Brosens from Warwick Medical School, carried out in partnership with University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, has helped to develop a better understanding of the causes of recurrent miscarriage and led to tests to identify women at risk of further pregnancy loss.

The Nation’s Lifesavers are fighting diseases, helping new parents and children enjoy the best start in life, supporting older people and improving our mental health and wellbeing. The selection reveals the amazing use of technology, such as drones to fight malaria, a smart glove for communicating sign language and robots helping older people.

Universities from across the country were invited to nominate an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the nation’s health and wellbeing. Over 100 universities from Plymouth to Dundee submitted a nomination.

Professor Siobhan Quenby, Professor of Obstetrics at University of Warwick, said:

“It is a fantastic honour to feature as one of the Nation’s Lifesavers for our work to better understand the causes of miscarriage, especially in repeat pregnancy loss.”

Professor Jan Brosens, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at University of Warwick, said:

“We’re grateful for the support we have received from Tommy’s, the baby charity. The MadeAtUni campaign is a great chance to celebrate the many ways universities are having a significant impact on our everyday lives.”

Professor Dame Janet Beer, President Universities UK, said:

“When people think of lifesavers they tend to focus on the dedication and skill of our doctors, nurses, carers, and paramedics – many of whom are trained at universities. Every day, up and down the country, universities are also working on innovations to transform and save lives. Research taking place in universities is finding solutions to so many of the health and wellbeing issues we care about and the causes that matter.

“By proudly working in partnership with charities, the NHS and healthcare organisations, universities are responsible for some of our biggest health breakthroughs and in revolutionising the delivery of care.

“This campaign is a chance to bring to life the wonderful and often unexpected work going on every day in our universities and to celebrate some of the people working to make a life-changing difference to the nation.”

Research shows the public are proud of UK universities but have little understanding of the benefits they bring, with most not being aware that UK academics are behind many of the discoveries that save lives and keep up healthy. The MadeAtUni campaign gives the public an insight into some of this work and celebrates those who made it happen. More information on the campaign can be found on the dedicated website: www.madeatuni.org.uk

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