Welcome to Leeds!
Meet our Principal Investigator: Mr Nigel Simpson
Mr Nigel Simpson is the Principal Investigator for BaBi Leeds. Nigel is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds. Nigel is also the NIHR Clinical Research Network National Specialty Lead for Reproductive Health.
He has a particular clinical and research interest in the causes and prevention of preterm birth and leads the Reproductive Health and Childbirth Research Team at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. His work on the Reproduction and Perinatal Health Research Group at the University of Leeds focuses on unravelling the cellular mechanisms regulating normal and abnormal pregnancy, and the health and well-being of the newborn infant.
Jane Gavin: BaBi Leeds Midwife
Jane Gavin is a Research Midwife within the Reproductive Health and Childbirth Research Team at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. She trained and qualified as a nurse at Manchester Royal Infirmary before moving to train as a Midwife in 1988 in Leeds. Jane obtained her degree post qualifying and worked in many departments at LTHT. Her main practice was in community for over 20 years.
Jane moved into research in February 2019, working on many studies and faced the many research challenges of COVID. Jane is enjoying her role in BaBi Leeds, training the midwives, promoting the study and collecting reviewing the recruitment . BaBi Leeds will provide the evidence that will inform future projects, affect practice and ultimately have a positive impact on families in Leeds.
Emily Scriven: Reproductive Health and Childbirth Research Team Leader
Karen Elson: BaBi Leeds Research Midwife
Jessica Towning: Reproductive Health and Childbirth Research Team Senior Clinical Trials Assistant