Centre for Reproductive Health

Laura Edwards (Maybin lab) wins prestigious PPI award

Many congratulations to Laura Edwards, Clinical Research Nurse in the Maybin lab at the Centre for Reproductive Health, who has won the NHS Research Scotland Patient and Public Involvement Newcomer Award for her contribution to PPI in menstrual research.

Laura Edwards holding her PPI award certificate.

She was presented with her award during a ceremony at the NHS Research Scotland Patient and Public Involvement event held at the V&A in Dundee, on 12 March 2024.

Laura was joined by Dr Marianne Watters (also Maybin lab in CRH) and Priscilla Fernandez (EXPPECT lab in CRH) at this NHS Research Scotland / Chief Scientist Office event, which combined a plenary session, various workshops, future direction discussions and an awards ceremony within the programme.

I am immensely pleased for Laura. She has worked tirelessly to facilitate, coordinate and amplify the voices of those with lived experience of problematic menstrual bleeding, which can be debilitating. Her work will make a real difference in ensuring these stories are heard and helping to smash the stigma associated with problem periods.

Dr Jackie MaybinPrincipal Investigator of the Maybin lab
Dr Marianne Watters presenting at the event.

The NHS Research Scotland PPI Newcomer Award is for researchers, public partners or PPI leads at the start of their journey and recognises the importance of collaboration between researchers and public contributors.  It reflects a commitment to supporting, delivering and sustaining patient and public Involvement and positively impacting activity across Scotland.

Dr Marianne Watters gave very a well-received talk during this event, which summarised the process of establishing the problematic menstrual bleeding PPI group at the Centre for Reproductive Health, within IRR.

Well done everyone, especially Laura!

Learn more

To read more about menstrual problems and access support:

Visit the HOPE website

To learn more about NHS Research Scotland PPI activity:

Visit the NHS Research Scotland website