Professor Margaret Cruickshank

Professor Margaret Cruickshank

Personal Chair (Clinical)

Professor Margaret Cruickshank
Professor Margaret Cruickshank

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

Scottish HPV Investigators Network (SHINe)


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 leads on the training 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.


Research Interests

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.

Research 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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Admin Responsibilities

Professor Maggie Cruickshank is Director of NHS Grampian Research and Development