Dr Alexander HeazellMBChB(Hons) PhD MRCOG

Clinical Senior Lecturer

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Overview

I am a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics, spending 50% of my time in clinical practice and 50% research and teaching within the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, School of Biomedicine. I am the Clinical Director of the Tommy's Stillbirth Research Centre and lead the stillbirth research theme at the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, which includes projects to undersand the reasons for stillbirth, and prevention of perinatal mortality and improving care for parents whose babies die before or shortly after birth. I run a specialist clinical service, Rainbow Clinic for parents who have experienced a stillbirth in a previous pregnancy. This is supported jointly by Tommy's the baby charity and Central Manchester University Foundation Hospitals NHS Trust. 

I am on the board of the International Stillbirth Association, and work with the Scientific Advisory Committee within ISA to improve information for parents and direct effective research. I have been involved in the Confidential Enquiry into Perinatal Deaths in Cumbria (2009-2010) and have worked closely with Sands and the Human Tissue Authority to develop a natinal consent form package for post-mortem after perinatal death, both of which translated our research findings into clinical practice. 

 

Biography

Dr Alexander Heazell is a senior clinical lecturer working at the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, University of Manchester. After graduation from the University of Birmingham Medical School in 2000, he commenced clinical training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. After completing his PhD thesis on placenta dysfunction in preeclampsia, he has focused his research interests around stillbirth and fetal growth restriction. He is particularly interested in the role that placental dysfunction plays in these conditions, and whether understanding the nature of such placental failure can be used to identify pregnancies most at risk of stillbirth. He has also led qualitative research projects to explore professionals and parents’ experiences after stillbirth, with a particular focus on investigations following a stillbirth.

Dr Alexander Heazell has recieved over £350,000 in grant income from Tommy's - the baby charity, Sands, Peel Medical Research Trust, Manchester Wellcome Trust Clinical Research facility, and the Manchester Biomedical Research Centre. He has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and has co-written the RCOG green-top guidelines for the management of reduced fetal movements. In collaboration with Sands he has initiated the development of a national consent form for perinatal post-mortem and a care pathway for parents who experience a perinatal death.
 

Qualifications

MBChB (Hons) University of Birmingham, 2000

PhD University of Manchester, 2008

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists since 2008

Areas of expertise

Keywords

  • Stillbirth, Placenta, Fetal Growth Restriction

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