Course Director
Implementing Saving Babies' Lives

Professor Alex Heazell

Professor of Obstetrics, University of Manchester
Director of the Tommy’s Stillbirth Research Centre
Honorary Consultant Obstetrician

Professor Alexander Heazell is a Professor of Obstetrics and Director of the Tommy’s 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 focussed his research interests around stillbirth and is particularly interested in the role that placental dysfunction plays in this condition, and how we can detect this during pregnancy.

He has also led qualitative research projects to explore professionals and parents’ experiences after stillbirth and neonatal death, with a particular focus on investigations and aftercare. His research portfolio includes a profile of basic science, clinical and qualitative research studies with the aim of better understanding and diagnosis of stillbirth leading to improvements in care and saving babies lives.

He has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers. He is involved with several workstreams with the Department of Health to prevent stillbirths and improve care. He led the evaluation of NHS England Saving Babies Lives Care Bundle.

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