Name: Professor Lucy Chappell
Job Title: NIHR Research Professor in Obstetrics
Title of talk: Stratifying risk in pregnancy – Does it make a difference?
Biographical Sketch: Professor Lucy Chappell is NIHR Research Professor in Obstetrics at King’s College London and Honorary Consultant Obstetrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. She runs a research programme investigating prediction and prevention of adverse pregnancy outcomes, particularly in women with pre-existing co-morbidities such as chronic hypertension and chronic kidney disease, using randomised controlled trials and observational studies. She has subspecialty training in maternal-fetal medicine and a Masters in higher education, supervising higher degree students from obstetric, nephrology and general practice backgrounds. She is an academic editor for PLoS Medicine journal, a member of the NIHR HTA Clinical Evaluation and Trials board, and a committee member for the Blair Bell Research Society, RCOG Maternal Medicine Clinical Studies Group, and the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy council.
Lecture Abstract: Stratification of risk in pregnancy is an appealing concept for women, obstetricians and neonatologists but is harder than first appearance suggests. Recent research has focused on risk stratification for pre-eclampsia and preterm birth but challenges include appropriate validation and subsequent utilisation. The search for high-performing predictive and prognostic tests in pregnancy and the implications of such tools will be explored.