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Top researchers and doctors gather to tackle women's health issues

4 April 2008

Next week sees one of the UK's largest and most prestigious gatherings of doctors and scientists working in the field of women's healthcare, at a conference hosted by the UCL Institute for Women's Health.

Event: 'Innovations and Progress in Healthcare for Women'

Dates: Monday 7 - Tuesday 8 April 2008

Location: The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, UK

The conference, beginning on World Health Day (7 April), will cover three key areas: maternal and neonatal health, reproductive health, and women's cancers - including the UK's first consensus conference on the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

There will be a keynote session on women's health in the developing world. Speakers will cover some of the most important and controversial topics in women's health, including:

• Women's Health in the Developing World - Professor Ian Jacobs, UCL

• Prediction and prevention of preterm labour - Professor Kypros Nicolaides, King's College Hospital

• Predicting women's future health from pregnancy outcome - Dr David Williams, UCL

• Is there a role for gene therapy in obstetric practice? - Professor Donald Peebles, UCL

• The impact of early life events on reproductive health - Professor Di Kuh, UCL

• Who, how and why should we screen for chlamydia? - Professor Judith Stephenson, UCL

• Progress in the organisation, delivery and results of cancer treatment in the UK - Professor Mike Richards, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

• Ovarian cancer symptoms awareness - harm or help? - UK and US experts taking the first step to a consensus on the advice to be given to British women

Professor Ian Jacobs, Director of the UCL Institute for Women's Health, and leader of the world's biggest ovarian cancer research project said: "The aims of the conference are to raise the profile of health issues facing women in the 21st century, bring together top researchers and health care professionals to identify solutions and to enable us to inform and empower women so they can take charge of their own health."


Notes for Editors

1.) Journalists seeking more information, or interviews with Professor Ian Jacobs or other UCL speakers at the conference, can contact Ruth Metcalfe in the UCL Media Relations Office on tel: +44 (0)20 7679 9739, mobile: +44 (0)7990 675 947, out of hours: +44 (0)7917 271 364, e-mail: r.metcalfe@ucl.ac.uk

2.) The Innovations and Progress in Healthcare for Women conference has been organised by the UCL Institute for Women's Health in partnership with The Eve Appeal, a charity which fundraises for groundbreaking research into gynaecological cancers.

3.) The Consensus Conference has been organised by The Eve Appeal in partnership with Ovacome, the UK's only patient support charity for women with ovarian cancer, and is supported by Boots as part of its ongoing support for The Eve Appeal. Journalists seeking more information about The Eve Appeal can contact Jane Lyons, on tel: +44 (0)208 693 6693, mobile: +44 (0) 7831 683307, e-mail: comms@eveappeal.org.uk

About UCL Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women's Health

The Institute is a joint venture between UCL (University College London) and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) and brings together individuals with expertise across the whole spectrum of women's health - from laboratory science to clinical skills to social and behavioural sciences - with the objective of making a major contribution to the health of women, both in the UK and internationally, by pioneering research, education programmes and clinical initiatives.