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Our Team

Get to know the researchers behind the i-CIP network


Shakila Thangaratinam

i-CIP Principal Investigator

Professor of Maternal and Perinatal Health

Shakila Thangaratinam is a professor of maternal and perinatal health at the University of Birmingham. As Consultant Obstetrician she is involved in the care of high-risk mothers at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.


John Allotey

Lecturer in Epidemiology and Women’s Health

Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

John Allotey is a lecturer in epidemiology and women’s health at the University of Birmingham. He has almost a decade of experience in academic clinical research, primarily in the field of maternal health


Dr Meghan A. Bohren

Senior Research Fellow


Gender and Women’s Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia


Thaís Rocha

i-CIP Research Coordinator


WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Women's Health, Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, University of Birmingham


Thaís Rocha is an Endocrinologist and a clinical research fellow. 


Research Fellow (Medical Statistics) 

Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Dyuti Coomar is a researcher and PhD student at the University of Birmingham. Her principal research interest is in conducting systematic reviews and IPD meta-analysis.

Justus Hofmeyr

Professor, Dept of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

University of Botswana

Director, Effective Care Research Unit

University of the Witwatersrand, Walter Sisulu University and Eastern Cape Department of Health, South Africa.

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Koiwah Koi-Larbi Ofosuapea, BSc LLB

Founder & Executive Director of Action on Preeclampsia Ghana

Masters of Law, i-LLM Medical Law & Ethics

University of Law, United Kingdom

Koiwah is a maternal, and neonatal health Advocate and a Social Entrepreneur. She is the founder of Action on Preeclampsia Ghana, the sole Preeclampsia patient advocacy organization in Ghana with the aim of empowering patients through awareness creation to reduce infant and maternal mortality associated with Preeclampsia, Eclampsia, and HELLP Syndrome. Koiwah is a member of the International Society of the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy and J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Ghana Chapter. She is a consortium partner of the Severe Preeclampsia Adverse Triage (SPOT) Impact Study and a member of the National Steering Committee of the Presbyterian Health Services GC-1000 project.

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Taryn Young

Centre for Evidence-based Health Care, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa


Kym IE Snell

Lecturer in Biostatistics

Kym Snell is lecturer in Biostatistics at Keele University. Her research interests lie in clinical prediction modelling and individual participant data meta-analysis.

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Ana Pilar Betrán

Medical Officer

UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research (SHR), World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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Luc Smits

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Risk Based Care


Maastricht University, Department of Epidemiology


Maastricht, The Netherlands

Zahida Qureshi

University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

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Richard Riley

Professor of Biostatistics 


Centre for Prognosis Research, School of Medicine, Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom


Richard is an expert in prognosis and prediction research, and co-leads the PROGRESS initiative to improve prognosis research standards. He is also a co-convenor of the Cochrane Prognosis Methods Group and a Statistics Editor for the BMJ

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George Gwako

Dr. George Nyakundi Gwako is a Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist and a Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, School of Medicine, University of Nairobi.

He holds MBChB, MMed (Obs/Gyn) and PHD(Obs/Gyn) degrees from the University of Nairobi. He is also a Fellow in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

With over 8 years’ experience as a specialist Obstetrician/Gynaecologist in both the Public and Private sectors in Kenya, Dr Gwako has a wealth of experience in the management of a wide range of Reproductive health issues. He has special interests PPH, Hypertensive disorders, stillbirth prevention and preterm birth/Born too soon. He has participated in major Global studies like the WHO Champion Trial and Action Trials; Born too soon, The Nairobi stillbirth study among others.

Alfredo Palacios

Coordinator of Health Economics, Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS)

 Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina.

Gabriela Cormick

Department of Mother and Child Health Research, Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS-CONICET), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Joshua P. Vogel

Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia

Edgardo Abalos

Centro Rosarino de Estudios Perinatales (CREP), Rosario, Argentina

Guillermo Carroli

Centro Rosarino de Estudios Perinatales (CREP), Rosario, Argentina

Joie Ensor

Centre for Prognosis Research, School of Medicine, Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

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