Photo of Prof Andrew Weeks

Prof Andrew Weeks MB ChB MD FRCOG

Professor of International Maternal Health Women's and Children's Health

Biography

Personal Statement

Andrew Weeks is Professor of International Maternal Health Care at the University of Liverpool. He is Director of both the Sanyu Research Unit and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Reseaerch Synthesis. Although brought up in Kenya, he 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 130 publications to his name and currently runs clinical trials in the UK, Uganda and India, funded by the MRC, Wellcome Trust, DFID and NIHR.

Personal Distinctions

  • Research Innovation - 1st Prize (Prize, NIHR NW Coast Research and Innovation Awards 2015)
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 2012)
  • Excellence in Innovation (1st Prize) (Prize, University of Liverpool 2012)
  • Best Service Redesign in Cardiovascular Medicine (Prize, Medical Futures 2011)
  • Liverpool Women's Research Prize (Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust 2011)
  • John Lawson Prize 2010 (Prize, RCOG 2010)
  • Chair of Expert group on misoprostol dosages (Invitation to Perform, World Health Organisation 2007)
  • 2nd prize, NW NHS Innovations Awards (Prize, TrusTech 2007)
  • Best Poster Prize (BMFMS) (Prize, British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society 2005)
  • John Lawson Prize 2005 (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 2005)
  • John Lawson Prize 2004 (Prize, 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 (Prize, North of England O & G Society 2000)
  • KV Bailey Prize (Prize, North of England O&G Society 1999)
  • Founders Prize (Prize, York Medical Society 1997)
  • Simms Medical Scholarship (Prize, Simms Medical Scholarship 1988)
  • Riker/3M Research Prize (Prize, University of Sheffield 1988)

Administrative Roles

  • Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Research Synthesis in Reproductive Health
  • Director of the Sanyu Research Unit for International Maternal and Child Health
  • Visiting Professor at Busitema University, Uganda
  • NIHR Integrated Academic Training Committee - member
  • BNF - expert advisor for obstetrics and gynaecology

Untitled Document