EGA Institute for Women's Health


Integrated Clinical Academic Training (iCAT)


The Institute hosts the UCL Integrated Academic Training Programme for Obstetrics and Gynaecology. We support training in research excellence at all four stages of the programme.



Academic Foundation Programme

The Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) is a 2 year programme with one Academic placement in the second year of training. These posts provide Foundation doctors with the opportunity to develop research, teaching and leadership / management skills in addition to the current basic clinical competencies outlined in the Foundation curriculum. They are intended to be beneficial to both trainees who plan to go into academic medicine as well as those who choose a different medical career. 

NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship

NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships are specialty training posts that incorporate academic training.  NIHR Academic Clinical Fellows (ACFs) spend 75% of their time undertaking specialist clinical training and 25% undertaking research or educationalist training. They are aimed at those who are at the early stages of their specialtytraining, show outstanding potential for a career in academic medicine or dentistry.

NIHR Clinical Lecturership

NIHR Clinical Lectureships are specialty training posts that incorporate academic training.  NIHR Clinical Lecturers (CLs) spend 50% of their time undertaking specialist clinical training and 50% undertaking research or educationalist training. CLs are aimed at those who are advanced in their specialty training, have completed a research doctorate or equivalent and show outstanding potential for continuing a career in academic medicine or dentistry.

Clinical Research Training Fellowship

A Clinical Research Training Fellowship (CRTF) is a type of grant held by a clinician typically for the purpose of undertaking Out Of Programme Research experience (OOPR) leading to award of a PhD. UCL has over a hundred CRTFs at any one time who come from a wide variety of backgrounds including nurses, speech and language therapists and allied health professionals as well as doctors. 

Further information about UCL Clinical Academic Training can be found on the UCAT website.

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Current clinical academic trainees placed within the Institute

NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship  

Emily Cornish 

Emily Cornish
Emily is in the first year of the UCL Academic Clinical Fellowship in O&G and is supervised by Dr David Williams. Her investigation focuses on the role of circulating placental microRNA in gestational syndromes, particularly looking at how microRNA-induced dysregulated fatty acid oxidation might contribute to the pathogenesis of gestational diabetes. She spent last year working in rural South Africa and is interested in maintaining a component of global health research in her academic career.



Dan Reisel

Dan Reisel
Dan is a study coordinator for the UCL-led FORECEEproject, which aims to improve the cervical screening programme by using next-generation sequencing to detect risk of all female cancers. The study has so far recruited 2,000 women and aims to report in 2019. He is the Ethics Teaching lead for the MSc programmes at the Institute and the creator of the Making Babies in the 21st Century online open course. Dan's project supervisor is Prof Martin Widschwendter.


Annette Thwaites

Annette Thwaites is the first Academic Clinical Fellow in community sexual and reproductive health (CSRH) and is supervised by Professor Judith Stephenson. Her primary research interests are unplanned pregnancy and postnatal contraception. Following her clinical fellowship with Public Health England, exploring views of women and health care professionals on the provision of immediate postnatal contraception, she is currently developing further studies aimed at understanding and addressing barriers to service development and evaluating these services. She is also reviewing evidence on contraception for women with eating disorders, having co-authored the current Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health statement on this topic.


NIHR Clinical Lecturership

Sara Hillman

Sara Hillman
Sara is a Clinical Lecturer and Sub-Specialty clinical trainee in Maternal and Fetal Medicine. Her main interests lie in placental disorders. She is currently the principal investigator for a Wellcome-funded High Altitude Adaptation and Pregnancy Outcome study, a collaboration between hospitals in India and UCL. Her PhD, Dr David Williams as her supervisor, investigated the paternal influence on fetal growth. She is a co-investigator on an MRC-funded project grant tasked with investigating epigenetic mechanisms in obesity. Part of the hypotheses underpinning this new grant are based on findings from her PhD.  She is responsible for co-running the Organogenesis module in the MSc Prenatal Genetics & Fetal Medicine and is co-module lead for the new Women's Health iBSc.


Lindsay Kindinger

Lindsay Kindinger
Lindsay is Clinical Lecturer and her primary research interest is infection in pregnancy and preterm birth. Her PhD at Imperial College focused on the interaction between the cervix and vaginal microbiota in pregnancy, investigating the impact of preventative interventions for preterm birth, namely progesterone and cervical cerclage.

Her current research under the guidance of Prof. Anna David, is on the contribution of urinary infection to adverse pregnancy outcome, the impact of genitourinary infection on twin pregnancy, and identification of potential biomarkers for risk stratification  of pregnancy for preterm birth.


Clinical Research Fellowship

Natalie Suff
Natalie Suff 

Natalie is currently doing here PhD which is funded by a Research Training Fellowship from the Wellbeing of Women. She is studying the role of infection in premature birth and also developing novel preventative therapies for women at risk of premature delivery. Her PhD supervisors are Prof Donald Peebles, Dr Simon Waddington and Dr Suzy Buckley.




Contact us

Academic Lead

Dimitrios Siassakos, EGA Institute for Women's Health, UCL

Prof Dimitrios Siassakos
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Email: d.siasakos@ucl.ac.uk