Professor Margaret Cruickshank

Professor Margaret Cruickshank
Professor Margaret Cruickshank

Professor Margaret Cruickshank

Personal Chair (Clinical)


Aberdeen Centre for Women's Health Reserch, Aberdeen Maternity Hospital ABERDEEN AB25 2ZD


Maggie Cruickshank has a personal chair in Gynaecology at the University of Aberdeen and is an Honorary  Consultant Gynaecologist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.  She is the Direcotor of Research and Development for NHS Grampian.

My clinical practice focuses on lower genital tract disease.  I am past President and a trustee of the British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (BSCCP) and President-elect of the European Federation of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (EFC).  I currently co-chairs the Education and Training Committee of the International Federation of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (IFCPC).  I have an interest in medical education and clinical training and lead on training the trainers and assessment of colposcopy training IFCPC.

My research portfolio focuses on the management of women with lower genital tract intra-epithelial neoplasia and the impact of HPV vaccination on HPV-related disease and colposcopy performance and delivery.

Internal Memberships

Professor Maggie Cruickshank is Director of NHS Grampian Research and Development


Research Overview

I have  a programme of research in pre-invasive disease of the lower genital tract including cervix, vagina, vulva and anus.  The focus of this work relates to Human Papillomavirus infection (HPV) and cervical cancer prevention.  My studies include observational studies with data linakage and clinical trials.  



Current Research


My main research interests include the impact of HPV immunisation on lower genital tract disease and on colposcopy performance and service delivery.



The collaborators in our research programme  have set up a Scottish HPV Investigators Research Network (SHINe) to promote collaboration and the development of HPV research.  This includes the development of a national HPV archive funded by CSO BTR programme grant and collaboration to optimise our research strategy with the HPV surveillance work of Health Protection Scotland. I work with collaborators from Universities of Edinburgh and Starthclyde, NHS Grampian, Lothian and Lanarkshire and Health Protection Scotland.

Funding and Grants

2011-2015: HTA (Grant holder). Strategies to Increase Cervical Screening Uptake at First Invitation (STRATEGIC).     Universities of Aberdeen and Manchester                                                                                              

2010- 2016: CSO HSR Programme grant (Principal investigator) Long-term Follow-up of HPV vaccination in women attending first cervical smear: the impact of HPV immunisation on cervical screening and the prevention of HPV-related disease in Scottish women.                                                           

2009-2014: CSO BTR Programme grant (Grant holder) Long-term Follow-up of HPV vaccination in women attending first cervical smear – establishment and development of HPV research base.                                                                                          


Teaching Responsibilities

Professor Maggie Cruickshank co-orodinates specialist teaching in Obstetrics and Gynaecology for years 3-5 of the MB ChB course and the Physicians Associates courses.


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  • Cervical cancers avoided by HPV immunisation

    Cruickshank, M.
    The Lancet
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Has the human papillomavirus (HPV) immunization programme improved obstetric outcomes in spontaneous delivery?: An ecological study

    Xu, X., Woolner, A., Bhattacharya, S., Cotton, S., Zhao, F., Cruickshank, M.
    European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, vol. 262, pp. 221-227
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Invasive cervical cancer following treatment of pre-invasive lesions: a potential theory based on a small case series

    Paraskevaidis, E., Athanasiou, A., Kalliala, I., Batistatou, A., Paraskevaidi, M., Bilirakis, E., Nasioutziki, M., Paschopoulos, M., Lyons, D., Arbyn, M., Cruickshank, M., Martin-Hirsch, P., Kyrgiou, M.
    European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Cervical cancer prevention in transgender men: a review

    Weyers, S., Garland, S. M., Cruickshank, M., Kyrgiou, M., Arbyn, M.
    BJOG-An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 128, no. 5, pp. 822-826
    Contributions to Journals: Review articles
  • Options for triage and implications for colposcopists within European HPV-based cervical screening programmes

    Leeson, S., Alalade, R., Singh, N., Nieminen, P., Cruickshank, M., Carcopino, X., Bergeron, C.
    European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, vol. 258, pp. 332-342
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The European response to the WHO call to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health problem

    Arbyn, M., Gultekin, M., Morice, P., Nieminen, P., Cruickshank, M., Poortmans, P., Kelly, D., Poljak, M., Bergeron, C., Ritchie, D., Schmidt, D., Kyrgiou, M., Van den Bruel, A., Bruni, L., Basu, P., Bray, F., Weiderpass, E.
    International Journal of Cancer, vol. 148, no. 2, pp. 277-284
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • European consensus statement on essential colposcopy

    Redman, C., Kesic, V., Cruickshank, M., Gultekin, M., Carcopino, X., Castro Sanchez, M., Grigore, M., Jakobsson, M., Kuppers, V., Pedro, A., Reich, O., Leeson, S., Tabuica, U., Zodzika, J., Ciavattini, A., Jach, R., Katsyuba, M., Koiss, R., Martin-Hirsch, P., Tjalma, W., Nieminen, P.
    European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, vol. 256, pp. 57-62
    Contributions to Journals: Review articles
  • National guidelines for management of cervical squamous intraepithelial lesion: A survey of European Federation for Colposcopy members

    Grigore, M., Cruickshank, M., Nieminen, P., Tjalma, W., Moss, E., Redman, C. W.
    European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, vol. 256, pp. 46-50
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Effect of sequential rounds of cervical cancer screening on management of HPV-positive women: A 15-year population-based cohort study from China

    Cruickshank, M.
    Cancer Prevention Research
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • European Federation for Colposcopy (EFC) and European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO) joint considerations about human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, screening programs, colposcopy, and surgery during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

    Ciavattini, A., Delli Carpini, G., Giannella, L., Arbyn, M., Kyrgiou, M., Joura, E. A., Sehouli, J., Carcopino, X., Redman, C. W., Nieminen, P., Cruickshank, M., Gultekin, M.
    International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, vol. 30, no. 8, pp. 1097-1100
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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