Tommy’s news, 2018
We are incredibly pleased to congratulate our very own Professor Andrew Shennan who has been made an OBE (Officer of the Order for the British Empire) in the New Year Honours List for his work in maternity services at our award-winning preterm surveillance clinic.
Professor Shennan said:
“I am delighted to receive this recognition, but am basking in the reflected glory from the efforts of many. I really enjoy working with my patients. Making a difference to them is the reason why we do this.”
He added: “It’s also really satisfying having students, both undergraduate and PhD, because you’re able to nurture the next generation of researchers who will have an impact on the future population. Helping others to realise their potential is truly worthwhile.”
Run by Professor Andrew Shennan, the Tommy’s Preterm Surveillance Clinic at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ has been providing specialist care to women at risk of preterm birth for over 10 years. Experts state that rolling out this clinic’s model nationally could prevent almost 9,000 premature births each year in the UK. Each year, we are seeing more referrals from women at high risk of giving birth too early.
Just last year, Professor Shannan, alongside his colleague Professor Shivaprasad Goudar, was awarded the 2017 Newton Prize for their life saving blood pressure monitoring CRADLE device. This award recognised for their work on ‘Evaluation of the Introduction of a Novel Device in the Management of Hypertension and Shock in Pregnancy in Low Resource Settings.’
Professor Shennan’s research interests include interventions to predict and prevent preterm birth, pre-eclampsia and the use of blood pressure monitoring. He has published more than 400 peer reviewed research reports and received numerous awards for his work in the developing world.
Find out more about Tommy's Research into Preterm Birth.
The centre is conducting some incredible research into the causes and prevention of preterm birth and working hard to find answers. Read more about the impact of this research and see the different studies they are working on.
The QUiPP app, co-funded by Tommy's, is set to help healthcare professionals identify and treat those women who are more likely to give birth prematurely.
Our researchers have been investigating the link between fetal DNA and preterm labour.
We are currently investigating changes to the sperm in men with liver disease, and how this also impacts the lifelong health of their children.
Scientists are investigating whether certain metabolites in urine can be used to identify the risk of developing ICP later on in pregnancy.
Tommy’s researchers are finding out if total plasma exchange (TPE) is beneficial for women with severe liver disease.
Tommy’s researchers want to find out what the risks are in intrahepatic cholestasis pregnancies with lower levels of bile acids.