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Director of the Institute for Women's Health, University College London and Chief Investigator for the INFANT study comes to speak at our Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre

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On Tuesday 28th May, the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, Saint Mary's Hospital, was delighted to welcome Professor Peter Brocklehurst, Director of the Institute for Women's Health, University College London and Chief Investigator for the INFANT study. Professor Brocklehurst spoke about this large national research project investigating an intelligent system to support decision making in the management of labour using continuous cardiotocograph, which is currently running at Saint Mary's.

The presentation was an opportunity to learn more about the background of the study, discuss recruitment and the potential impact that the findings could have on clinical practice in the future.  Professor Brocklehurst thanked the hospital and all the staff for their continuous support and commitment to recruitment; he encouraged staff not to lose momentum in the last few months of the study in order to achieve our overall recruitment targets. The national overall recruitment figure for the study is 46,000 women. Currently, recruitment stands at approximately 42,000.

He also thanked the INFANT research midwives Julie Dillon and Paula Doran for their hard work and dedication to the running of the study.

The session was very well attended with representation from various different clinical areas.  It gave the staff a chance to ask questions and discuss the day to day running of the study. Dr Leroy Edozien (Local Principal Investigator), who chaired the session, noted that recruitment at Saint Mary's commenced at a challenging time (shortly after the move to the new building, installation of the new K2 Guardian system, and reconfiguration of local maternity units) and thanked staff for their hard work and commitment.