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Professor Stephen Robson. MBBS, MD, MRCOG, FRCP

Consultant in Fetal Medicine, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Stephen was appointed as Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University in 1992, being promoted to Professor the following year. He developed the Fetal Medicine Unit in Newcastle which provides fetal diagnostic and therapeutic services for all of the North East and Cumbria. Stephen is the lead clinician for highly specialised regional services providing care for pregnancies complicated by abnormally invasive placenta and complex abortion. He was the previous chair the NHS-England National Specialised Services Clinical Reference Group for Fetal Medicine and then Complex Maternity. He has recently been appointed as the Clinical Lead for Obstetrics across the North East and North Cumbria (NENC).

He established the Newcastle Uteroplacental Tissue Bank and is the lead for the Reproductive and Vascular Biology Research Group which focuses on mechanisms of placental development and uterine smooth muscle contraction utilizing unique human tissue. He is also lead for the multi-disciplinary Reproductive Health Research Group which undertakes clinical trials in a variety of pregnancy-related disorders.

His main research interests are: uterine cell signalling, mechanisms of myometrial quiescence and clinical trials in the area of high risk pregnancy and prenatal screening. He has been involved in the development and audit of national guidelines relating to obstetric care and has recently stepped down as Clinical Director of the Clinical Research Network NENC.