Centre for Reproductive Health

CRH researchers reflect on success at RCOG Annual Meeting

The CRH enjoyed a very strong presence at the RCOG Annual Academic Meeting (which also incorporates the Blair Bell Research Society Competition) in London on 25-26 January, 2024.

Dr Lucy Whitaker presents her endometriosis research
Dr Lucy Whitaker presents her endometriosis research

The two day meeting included keynote plenary lectures from leaders in their field, ‘hot topic’ sessions covering current issues, oral and poster presentations, and workshops tailored to the needs of academics at different stages of their training. All attendees were encouraged to take part in formal and informal networking opportunities as part of this thriving research community.

Dr Jackie Maybin, new President of the Blair Bell Research Society, presents the Maybin lab research mission.
Dr Jackie Maybin, new President of the Blair Bell Research Society, presents the Maybin lab research mission.

Drs Jackie Maybin and Lucy Whitaker gave inspiring lectures on cross-sector collaboration and clinical trial methodology, respectively. Dr Kahyee Hor was selected to give an oral presentation on the effect of maternal obesity on perinatal outcomes in mice.

From top left and clockwise – Professor Horne and Frankie Hearn-Yeates, Katherine Edgley, Dr Lucy Whitaker, and Dr Meaghan Griff
From top left and clockwise – Professor Horne and Frankie Hearn-Yeates, Katherine Edgley, Dr Lucy Whitaker, and Dr Meaghan Griff

Dr Meaghan Griffiths, Katherine Edgley, Orieanna Reeve-Chen and Frankie Hearn-Yeates gave well received poster presentations and Neil Ryan expertly interviewed Past-President of the Blair Bell Research Society, Lucilla Poston.

Dr Scott Mackenzie won the Blair Bell Prize for his oral presentation reflecting his research on the use of pharmacogenomics to improve the management of chronic pelvic pain (he also won the Best Specialty Trainee presentation at the Scottish RCOG Annual Meeting in Dunblane the previous week for his work on predicting response to methotrexate in the management of ectopic pregnancy).

The CRH enjoyed further success when Dr Mike Rimmer was awarded the William and Florence Blair Bell Fellowship at the meeting and Kevin Kuan was awarded runner-up in the RCOG scientific undergraduate submission (and winner of the Lindsay Stewart student award).

We are delighted for Dr Jackie Maybin who has been appointed as the next President of the Blair Bell Research Society – a sign of her enormous talent and the huge respect she is held within the RCOG academic community.

Well done to all participants. This was a comprehensive showcase of the exceptional talent and hard work carried out by various CRH research groups.

Background information

The RCOG holds an Annual Academic Meeting each year to showcase the best of research in obstetrics and gynaecology in the UK, from basic science to clinical trials. Prizes are awarded for the best oral and poster presentations.

Learn more here: Annual Academic Meeting | RCOG