EGA Institute for Women's Health


Report of EGA IfWH '17th' Annual Conference & UCLH WH Division Audit Day 2022

Welcome to the EGA IfWH '17th' Annual Conference & UCLH WH Division Audit Day 2022 -  Report page.

Friends House, Euston Road
The EGA Institute for Women’s Health 17th’ Annual Conference & UCLH Women's Health Division Audit Day was a showcase of high-quality research undertaken by UCL Institute for Women's Health that took take place on 09 December 2022  at Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ.  We had over 150 delegates attending, 100 in person and a further 60+ online via Zoom.  




This year the format included oral presentations from IfWH/UCLH Researchers presenting their work, and undergoing a Q&A session. Presentations were judged by our panel, and prizes awarded for the overall best performances.

In addition to this, as like every year, we had our poster presentations and prizes, with some posters presented in person and some via our e-poster page, as well as highlights from our Institute staff of the high profile research that has been undertaken.

At this meeting we celebrated how staff are delivering breakthroughs across women’s health. In neonatology we will learnt about innovations in identifying neonatal hypoxia using light technology, baby spectacles to improve visual outcomes, melatonin for neuroprotection and new surfactants to protect the lungs during ventilation.  In maternal fetal medicine we highlighted placental function and oxygenation, the effect of steroids and outcomes after fetal growth restriction. Reproductive Health topics were wide-ranging and included the effect of chemotherapy on male infertility, the importance of abortion care and the menopause, with a lively debate on whether it is a hormone-deficiency disorder. In Women’s Cancer we learnt about cervical precancer, cervical cancer vaccination, endometrial cancer genetic testing, and molecular signals in breast cancer.

Our Keynote speaker Professor Dame Lesley Regan, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Imperial College London closed our conference detailing the Women’s Health Strategy in England and her role as the Government Women’s Health Ambassador.

Recordings and pictures of the event can be found below.


Abstract Book - EGA IfWH WH 17th Annual Conference

Please click on the image for the full abstract booklet and programme:

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Introductions to the Day, FPHS Update and Session 1: The Journey through Midwifery & Neonatal Care:

Session 2: Debate: Is Menopause a hormone deficiency disorder?

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Opening Poll

Debate opening pole result


Closing Poll

Debate closing pole result


Session 3: EGA Hospital Charity Presentations

 Session 4: Early Career Researcher Presentations:


Session 5: Medical Student Prize Talk - Saffa Chowdhury

Session 6: UCLH WH Division: Audit & Quality Improvement

  • Recording

  • PDF Presentation - Ms Nicola McDonald

  • PDF Presentation - Dr Raffaele Napolitano


Session 7: Hot Topics

Presentation - 'Why abortion matters more than ever' - Clare Murphy, Chief Executive, British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) 

Clare Murphy


Session 8: EGA Key Note Lecture - Why do we need a Women's Health Strategy in England? 

Professor Dame Lesley Regan (Professor of Obsetrics & Gynaecology, Imperial College London & Government Women's Health Ambassador)

  • Recording

Professor Dame Lesley Regan




Prize Categories & Winners

Oral Presentations - Winners 

Oral Presentations - Prize CategoryWinnerTitle
Best Overall Medical StudentSaffa ChowdhuryEffect of antenatal corticosteroids on the abundance of maternal circulating angiogenic factors in pregnancies complicated by fetal growth restriction
Oral - Session 1 - First PrizeRebecca ZikkingHow do Antenatal Corticosteroids Improve Umbilical Blood Flow?
Oral - Session 1 - Runner upEmily PeacockFeto-Placental Oxygenation and Brain Development in FGR
Oral - Session 2 - First Prize (Joint)Reena BhattAdjuvant therapy with a fragment of Recombinant Surfactant Protein D improves lung compliance and reduces levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines in ventilated preterm lambs
Oral - Session 2 - First Pize (Joint)Raymand PangMelatonin shows promising neuroprotection in a piglet model of Neonatal Encephalopathy relevant to the low resource setting 


Poster Presentations  - Winners 

You can view all submitted poster abstracts by visiting the Poster Abstracts viewing page.  

Poster Presentations - Prize CategoryPhotoWinnerTitle
Best Medical Student
Poppy PierceADD IN
Best MSc, PhD or MD
Patricia FadonPreliminary results of a new therapy based on in vivo ovarian fragmentation for follicular activation in a premature ovarian insufficiency animal model
Best Clinician or Researcher
Luis Abrego
Luis Alberto Abrego RangelEarly detection of ovarian cancer using multiple longitudinal biomarkers
Best Overall
Stefania PalmieriPost-operative outcomes and Urodynamic findings after continence mesh remova