Lucy Higgins

Lucy Higgins


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I am an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics, an early career researcher based in the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, University of Manchester. After graduating with honors for the University of Birmingham Medical School in 2006 I commenced the clinical academic training programme in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and won the RCOG Prize Medal in 2011. In 2015 I completed my PhD thesis on the Antenatal Identification of Placental Dysfunction in Pregnancies Complicated by Reduced Fetal Movements (funded by an Action Medical Research training fellowship, NIHR biomedical research centre pump prime funding and Tommy's).

My primary research interests are the prediction, identification, and treatment of placental dysfunction (including abnormal fetal growth, preeclampsia and stillbirth) including understanding the biological basis of placental factors in the maternal circulation in a study funded by a personal Rosetrees Trust Postdoctoral grant. I am also driven to improve the health of mothers and their babies during and after pregnancy achieved by IVF in whom placental dysfunction is more frequently seen and from whom we can learn so much about the periconceptual influences on placental function. This work is currently funded by an Academy of Medical Sciences research grant. 

I am passionate about developing the obstetric academics of the future, working nationally with UK ARCOG and (at the time of writing) am supervising three PhD students, a masters student, an embryology scientist training programme student and a trainee clinical psychologist. Further, I am inspired by the lived experiences of women and partners who have experienced pregnancy complicated by placental dysfunction, stillbirth and IVF-assisted conception. I engage in an active programme of public engagement and involvement in research, convening two specific research advisory groups to shape my ongoing programmes of research. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Medicine, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 15 Jul 2015

Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Award Date: 18 Nov 2011

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 1 Jul 2006

Areas of expertise

  • RG Gynecology and obstetrics
  • Placenta
  • Fetal Growth
  • Biomarkers
  • Ultrasound
  • Pregnancy after IVF
  • PlGF
  • sFlt-1
  • Stillbirth

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Lydia Becker Institute


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