National award for Manchester BRC researcher
The Blair Bell Lectureship 2009 has been awarded to Dr Jenny
Myers, in recognition of her research work on pre-eclampsia, a
serious condition affecting pregnant women and their babies.
Based at the Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), Jenny
is the lead clinical investigator for a project which is trying to
identify indicators, known as biomarkers, in blood which may show
that a woman is at risk of pre-eclampsia. She is part of a team at
St Mary's Hospital, Manchester, working on the Make Pregnancy Safer
(MAPS) research project, supported by the baby charity Tommy's.
MAPS is part of an international study which is investigating
how to predict and prevent the major diseases of late pregnancy.
With 10,000 women taking part worldwide, the UK MAPS study aims to
develop tests that will predict the likelihood of pregnant women
developing major pregnancy diseases including pre-eclampsia.
The prestigious national Blair Bell Lectureship award is
presented by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
(RCOG) to a young researcher within two years of passing their
College membership exam. It is named after William Blair Bell, the
first President of RCOG. Applicants for the annual lectureship are
invited to submit an outline of their research project, which is
assessed by a panel of RCOG experts. The award means that Jenny
will be asked to give a keynote lecture on her work to fellow
members at the Royal College's London headquarters in 2009. She
also receives a £500 honorarium.
"I was thrilled to be awarded the lectureship, and look forward
to sharing the results of five years of hard work with some of the
country's leading experts in maternal health," said Jenny.
Added Prof Phil Baker, Director of the BRC: "This is a fantastic
achievement, and I'm sure Jenny was up against some tough
competition. It's great to see one of our young researchers winning
such a prestigious award."