The 2022 GLOW Conference Planning Committee
Shakila Thangaratinam (University of Birmingham ) is Professor of Maternal and Perinatal Health at University of Birmingham, and leads the Maternal and Reproductive Health Theme (Jan 2020-). She is the co-Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Women’s Health and academic lead for Women’s Health in Birmingham Health Partners. As Consultant Obstetrician she is involved in the care of high-risk mothers at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.
Lucy Oakey (University of Birmingham) is a Research Manager for the Maternal Health group within the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research. She had experience working within the pharmaceutical industry before conducting her PhD in Molecular Metabolism and embarking on a career in research support. Lucy has worked in the pre-award arena and is now utilising that experience to help manage Professor Thangaratinam’s maternal health research portfolio.
Jameela Sheikh (University of Birmingham) is a clinical medical student at the University of Birmingham interested in a future career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She has completed BMedSc Women’s Health and Reproduction intercalation with the PregCOV-LSR team at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Women’s Health, University of Birmingham. As previous President of Birmingham’s Paediatrics, Obstetrics, Neonatology and Gynaecology society (PONGSoc), she has a keen interest in promoting medical student involvement and interest in O&G.
Arri Coomarasamy (University of Birmingham) is Professor of Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine. He leads two research teams, one focusing on treatments to prevent miscarriages and the other targeting on ways to stop mothers dying during childbirth. One in 4 pregnancies end in a miscarriage, causing untold amount of devastation to couples. In his role as the Director of the Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research, Professor Coomarasamy leads a world-class team of scientists and doctors, researching to stop the occurrence of miscarriages.
Catherine Dunlop (University of Birmingham) is a masters-prepared practitioner in Global Health Research and Clinical Doctor in the NHS. She has prior experience working with NGOs in Sub-Saharan Africa, India and Bangladesh. Demonstrated skills in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and data-analysis, project management and communication to a wide variety of audiences in challenging circumstances. Her specialist area is Global Reproductive and Sexual Health Research.
Halimah Khalil (University of Birmingham) is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Birmingham. She has completed an intercalated Public Health BMedSc, in which she undertook research assessing community-based approaches to trauma care in LMICs. More recently she has developed an interest in maternal health, undertaking research with the PregCOV-LSR team at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health.