Meet Our Team
Find out more about the research team.
The Edinburgh Pregnancy Research Team encompasses a diverse group of academic researchers, medics, midwives and laboratory staff. The team works together within NHS Lothian and the University of Edinburgh to improve pregnancy outcomes and experiences through research.
We work collaboratively with many other academic and clinical teams and organisations, with the same shared interest in promoting research in pregnancy.
Centre for Cardiovascular Science
Professor Rebecca Reynolds
Professor of Metabolic Medicine, University of Edinburgh; Honorary Consultant Physician, NHS Lothian
Rebecca Reynolds studied medicine at Oxford and was awarded a PhD by the University of Edinburgh in 2002. Her main research interest is in the early life origins of health. Rebecca’s clinical work includes general diabetes and endocrinology and specialist clinics in reproductive endocrinology and pregnancy. She set up the NHS Lothian Antenatal Metabolic Clinic in 2008 with obstetric colleagues. Rebecca is clinical director of the University of Edinburgh undergraduate endocrinology and diabetes module, and personal tutor for undergraduate medical students.
Shona is a research midwife at the University of Edinburgh. Shona initially worked in clinical research prior to pursuing a career in midwifery graduating from the University of the West of Scotland before working in Greater Glasgow & Clyde. She is currently the lead midwife for the Edinburgh Reproductive Tissue Biobank (ERTBB).
Jess is a research midwife at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Prior to this role, she worked as a clinical midwife in the same hospital and has significant clinical experience including providing care for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies and preterm birth. In her current role, she has specific interests in digital health and medical apps and has been involved in the development and testing of a prototype preterm birth app with clinical stakeholders.
Em is a research midwife at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Before working in research she was both a labour ward and community midwife. She graduated from Oxford Brookes University, with her MSc (Hons) dissertation research focusing on parental mode of birth decision-making surrounding term breech birth.
Indira is a research midwife at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Prior to joining the research team, Indira worked in community, and before that was a midwife on labour ward, antenatal and postnatal wards in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. She is passionate about improving maternity care.
Anna is a research midwife at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Prior to this she worked for several years as a rotational clinical midwife, mainly based within labour ward
Rosie is a research midwife at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Prior to this role she worked briefly on labour ward at the same hospital. She recently moved to Edinburgh from London where she worked in a team specialising in gestational diabetes.
Sarah is a research midwife at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Prior to this, she was a continuity of care midwife in Fife. She has also worked in the Midwife Led Unit, Observation and Antenatal and Postnatal Wards at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.
Wendy works to recruit to, and assist with the running of, research studies within the wider Edinburgh Pregnancy Research Team. Prior to this role, she worked as a clinical nurse in Hong Kong.
Senior BioBank Technician
Jayne is the senior technician for the Edinburgh Reproductive Tissue BioBank (ERTBB), for which she has overall responsibility for day-to-day management. Previously, she worked as a biomedical scientist in the Biochemistry Department within the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. She manages the everyday logistics of the BioBank, from approving applications to use tissue samples for research, to the collection, storage and distribution of the samples - while maintaining all relevant documentation and data. She is also the lead technician on the Born in Scotland project.
Liam graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science. He has previously worked in a laboratory processing human tissue and blood for clinical research. Liam’s role involves collecting, processing and storing samples for research, including the Born in Scotland project, as well as helping with day to day maintenance of the laboratory and relevant records and data.
Dr Marisa Magennis
Marisa is a research coordinator of academic projects and the project manager for the Born in Scotland and Data Trusts studies. Marisa’s research background is in biological sciences, with a BSc (Hons) and PhD in Experimental Bacterial Evolution from the University of Edinburgh, and an MRes from the University of St Andrews. Her role involves cross-disciplinary collaborations and she has experience in research funding and in developing and delivering public engagement activities.
Fabienne is a postdoctoral fellow under the supervision of Professor Rebecca Reynolds and Professor David Newby and is a paediatrician in training. Her main interest in research focuses on the detrimental effects of air pollution on vulnerable populations, such as pregnant women and children.
Professor Sarah Stock
Personal Chair of Maternal and Fetal Health; Consultant Obstetrician, NHS Lothian; Maternal and Fetal Medicine Subspecialist, Royal Infirmary Edinburgh
Sarah is a consultant obstetrician and subspecialist in maternal and fetal medicine at the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh. The focus of her research and clinical work is to improve care for women and babies at risk of being born too small or too soon. An aim is to improve detection and treatment of problems that cause preterm birth or growth restriction and stillbirth, and develop strategies that improve health of babies and children. She went to Manchester University Medical School, and has a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Her specialist and subspecialist clinical training was undertaken in Edinburgh, with periods in Glasgow, London and Australia.
Dr Rosie Townsend
SCREDS Clinical Lecturer; Specialty Trainee in Obstetrics, NHS Lothian
Rosie qualified from Edinburgh in 2009 and undertook the majority of her specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology in London, during which time she completed her MD at St George's University in London. She has also worked in Malawi, the Philippines and Uganda and currently serves as Chair of the RCOG Global Health Trainees Committee. Her current research interests include environmental exposures and pregnancy health, stillbirth and preterm birth prediction and reducing inequity in global women's health.