Dr Andrea Woolner

Dr Andrea Woolner
Dr Andrea Woolner

Dr Andrea Woolner

PhD MBChB BSc PgCert MRCOG DFSRH

Clinical Senior Lecturer

About

Room 3 Dugald Baird Centre for Research on Women's Health, Aberdeen Maternity Hospital

Biography

Dr. Andrea Woolner (she/her) is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Aberdeen Centre for Women's Health Research. She is also an Honorary Consultant Obstetrician and Early Pregnancy Lead for NHS Grampian, based in Aberdeen Maternity Hospital. 

Dr Woolner's research interests include - early pregnancy including recurrent miscarriage; preterm birth; preconception health; reproductive health; and improving pregnancy outcomes.

 

Background

Andrea graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2010 with MBChB with Honours and a 1st class intercalated BSc in Medical Science. Andrea completed her Academic Foundation training in NHS Highland and NHS Grampian from 2010-2012, whilst simulataneously obtaining a PgCert in Medical Research Skills from the University of Aberdeen. She was jointly awarded the PgCert MRS Research prize.

Andrea thereafter completed clinical specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from 2012 - 2021, becoming a SCREDs Clinical lecturer in 2013 at the University of Aberdeen.  She was awarded a PhD in Public Health from the University of Aberdeen in June 2019, following defence of her thesis titled "An investigation of familial predisposition to pregnancy loss". She won the best overall oral presentation prize at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) World Congress in June 2019 presenting her PhD findings. She joined the Aberdeen Centre for Women's Health Research in August 2021 as a Senior Clinical Lecturer and is an Honorary Consultant Obstetrician and Early Pregnancy Lead at NHS Grampian. 

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifications

  • PhD Public Health 
    2019 - University of Aberdeen 
    Thesis titled "An investigation of familial predisposition to pregnancy loss"
  • BSc Medical Sciences 
    2010 - University of Aberdeen 
    Intercalated BSc; 1st class Honours
  • MBChB Medicine & Surgery 
    2010 - University of Aberdeen 
    Graduated with Honours
  • PgCert Medical Research Skills 
    2012 - University of Aberdeen 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Aberdeen Maternity & Neonatal Databank (AMND) Steering Committee member

External Memberships

Professional memberships:

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (MRCOG)

British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society (BMFMS)

Association of Early Pregnancy Units (AEPU)

European Society of Human Reproduction & Embryology (ESHRE)

Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (FSRH)

Cochrane collaboration member

 

Committee memberships:

Scottish Early Pregnancy Network (SEPN) Executive Committee

 

Latest Publications

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Prizes and Awards

Postgraduate prizes & awards

2020        Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) Travel award (£4000) – Green Armytage and Spackman travelling scholarship

2019       Best overall oral presentation at RCOG World Congress, London, June 2019

2019       Best oral presentation for early pregnancy category at RCOG World Congress, June 2019

2015       Harold Malkin prize from RCOG – This prestigious award is awarded to the applicant who submits the best original research paper while being of a Specialty registrar grade in a hospital in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

2014       Dunkeld Senior Scottish O&G Staff conference prize for best oral presentation

2013       NOGS (Regional Obstetrics & Gynaecology meeting) conference prize for best oral presentation

2012       AMOnGST conference prize for best oral presentation

2012       PgCert MRS Research Prize 

Research

Research Overview

Dr Woolner's research interests include - early pregnancy including recurrent miscarriage; preterm birth; preconception health; reproductive health; and improving pregnancy outcomes.

Research Areas

Applied Health Sciences

Research Specialisms

  • Medical Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Databases
  • Epidemiology

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Funding and Grants

February 2015      Wellbeing of Women / BMFMS Entry level scholarship (£19,939)

Andrea was successful in gaining a Wellbeing of Women Entry level Scholarship to undertake a population-based cohort study titled: The impact of birth-related perineal injury on future pregnancies: a Scottish population-based cohort study.

Jan 2020               Glasgow Hospital Children’s Charity (GCHC) (£4,998)

Andrea was awarded a small project grant from the Glasgow Hospital Children's Charity (GCHC) to fund data management and statistical support for observational study investigating risk of preterm birth and miscarriage after a Caesarean section at full dilatation using Aberdeen Maternity Neonatal Databank (AMND) data.  

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

Andrea currently participates regularly in undergraduate teaching for the MBChB course for Year 3 and Year 4-5 including bedside teaching, small group tutorials and lectures; as well as contributing material for the online blended teaching during the COVID 19 pandemic. 

Andrea was the lead tutor for the PgCert in Medical Research skills Editorial teaching session as part of the Scientific Writing course 2014 - 2016. 

Publications

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