Andrew Weeks is Professor of International Maternal Health Care at the University of Liverpool and Director of the Sanyu Research Unit. He was brought up in Kenya, but had his undergraduate and postgraduate medical training around Yorkshire (Sheffield, Leeds, Scunthorpe and Rotherham). In 2001 he returned to East Africa for 2 years as visiting lecturer in O&G at Makerere University in Uganda. In 2003 he joined the University of Liverpool as first clinical lecturer, then senior lecturer before being awarded a personal chair in 2011. He is also honorary consultant obstetrician at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, one of the UK’s largest obstetric units.
Andrew Weeks’ primary interest is in the translation of maternity care from high to low resource settings. He has a particular interest in misoprostol (he runs the www.misoprostol.org website), postpartum haemorrhage and the management of labour. He has an interest in developing medical technologies and has 3 patents pending for clinical devices. One, the PPH Butterfly (search for the PPH Butterfly video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tlo4SoItJ1c), has been funded in 2 successive grants by the NIHR i4i fund for over £1 million. It was 2015 Innovation of the Year in the NIHR NW Coast Research and Innovations awards and finalist in the 2015 Plastics Industry Awards.
Andrew has over 200 publications to his name and currently runs clinical trials in the UK, Uganda and India, funded by the MRC, Wellcome Trust, DFID and NIHR.
Prizes or Honours
- Research Innovation - 1st Prize (NIHR NW Coast Research and Innovation Awards, 2015)
- Excellence in Innovation (1st Prize) (University of Liverpool, 2012)
- Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 2012)
- Best Service Redesign in Cardiovascular Medicine (Medical Futures, 2011)
- Liverpool Women's Research Prize (Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust, 2011)
- John Lawson Prize 2010 (RCOG, 2010)
- 2nd prize, NW NHS Innovations Awards (TrusTech, 2007)
- Best Poster Prize (BMFMS) (British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society, 2005)
- John Lawson Prize 2005 (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 2005)
- John Lawson Prize 2004 (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 2004)
- Outstanding Contrbution (Makerere University, 2002)
- Blair Bell Lecturership (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 2000)
- KV Bailey Prize (North of England O & G Society, 2000)
- KV Bailey Prize (North of England O&G Society, 1999)
- Founders Prize (York Medical Society, 1997)
- Simms Medical Scholarship (Simms Medical Scholarship, 1988)
- Riker/3M Research Prize (University of Sheffield, 1988)