Professor Margaret Cruickshank

Professor Margaret Cruickshank

Personal Chair (Clinical)

Professor Margaret Cruickshank
Professor Margaret Cruickshank

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Aberdeen Maternity Hospital ABERDEEN AB25 2ZD

Research Interests

I have  a programme of research in pre-invasive disease of the lower genital tract, clinical research trials and molecular studies in collaboration with Universities of Edinburgh, Dundee, Manchester, Nottingham and Strathclyde and NHS Scotland.  The focus of this work relates to Human Papillomavirus infection (HPV) and cervical screening.   



Current Research

My main research interests include HPV related diseases, prevention of cervical cancer and the impact of HPV immunisation. In addition to colposcopy, my clinical areas of interest include vulva dermatosis and pain disorders.


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.

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 is responsible for the planning and co-ordination of Year 5 (Final Year) of the MB ChB course  and participates in specialist teaching in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, including co-ordination of Year 3 Reproductive Health block.

Further Info

Admin Responsibilities

Professor Maggie Cruickshank is Interim Director of NHS Grampian Research and Development



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Contributions to Journals


  • Williams, P., Murchie, P., Cruickshank, ME., Bond, C. & Burton, C. (in press). 'The use, quality and effectiveness of pelvic examination in primary care for the detection of gynaecological cancer: a systematic review'. Family Practice.
  • Bao, X., Hanson, AL., Madeleine, MM., Wang, SS., Schwartz, SM., Newell, F., Pettersson-Kymmer, U., Hemminki, K., Tiews, S., Steinberg, W., Rader, JS., Castro, F., Safaeian, M., Franco, EL., Coutlée, F., Ohlsson, C., Cortes, A., Marshall, M., Mukhopadhyay, P., Cremin, K., Johnson, LG., Garland, SM., Tabrizi, SN., Wentzensen, N., Sitas, F., Trimble, C., Little, J., Cruickshank, M., Frazer, IH., Hildesheim, A., Brown, MA., Duncan, EL., Sun, Y. & Leo, PJ. 'HLA and KIR Associations of Cervical Neoplasia'. The journal of infectious diseases, pp. jiy483-jiy483.
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  • Kalampokas, E., Wilson, J., Gurumurthy, M. & Cruickshank, ME. (2018). 'Effect of High-Risk Human Papillomavirus but Normal Cytology at Test of Cure on Achieving Colposcopy Standards'. Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 110-114.
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  • Kavanagh, K., Pollock, KG., Cuschieri, K., Palmer, T., Cameron, RL., Watt, C., Bhatia, R., Moore, C., Cubie, H., Cruickshank, M. & Robertson, C. (2017). 'Changes in the prevalence of human papillomavirus following a national bivalent human papillomavirus vaccination programme in Scotland: a 7-year cross-sectional study'. Lancet Infectious Diseases, vol. 17, no. 12, pp. 1293-1302.
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    [Online] AURA: HPV_LID_Uni_Repository_version.docx
    [Online] AURA: Final_appendix.docx
  • Cruickshank, ME., Pan, J., Cotton, SC., Kavanagh, K., Robertson, C., Cuschieri, K., Cubie, H., Palmer, T. & Pollock, KG. (2017). 'Reduction in colposcopy workload and associated clinical activity following HPV catch-up vaccination programme in Scotland: an ecological study'. BJOG-An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 124, no. 9, pp. 1386-1393.
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    [Online] AURA: Cruickshank_BJOG.doc
    [Online] AURA: Table123_Secondrevision_2.docx
  • Munro, A., Gillespie, C., Cotton, S., Busby-Earle, C., Kavanagh, K., Cuschieri, K., Cubie, H., Robertson, C., Smart, L., Pollock, K., Moore, C., Palmer, T. & Cruickshank, ME. (2017). 'The impact of HPV type on colposcopy performance in women offered HPV immunisation in a catch-up vaccine programme: a two centre observational study'. BJOG-An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 124, no. 9, pp. 1394-1401.
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    [Online] AURA: COHGSpaperBJOG_R2.docx
    [Online] AURA: Figure_1_supp.doc
    [Online] AURA: Figure_2.doc
    [Online] AURA: Table123_Secondrevision_1.docx
    [Online] AURA: Table_4.doc
  • Fielding, S., Rothnie, K., Gray, NM., Little, J., Cruickshank, ME., Neal, K., Walker, LG., Whynes, D., Cotton, SC. & Sharp, L. (2017). 'Psychosocial morbidity in women with abnormal cervical cytology managed by cytological surveillance or initial colposcopy: longitudinal analysis from the TOMBOLA randomised trial'. Psycho-Oncology, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 476–483.
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    [Online] AURA: SFielding_longitudinalPOSM_REVISION3_clean.docx
    [Online] AURA: Supplemtal_Tables.docx
    [Online] AURA: Figure_S1_CONSORT.docx
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    [Online] AURA: Fielding_et_al_2017_Psycho_Oncology.pdf
  • Leo, PJ., Madeleine, MM., Wang, S., Schwartz, SM., Newell, F., Kymmer, U., Hemminki, K., Hallmans, G., Tiews, S., Steinberg, W., Rader, JS., Castro, F., Safaeian, M., Franco, EL., Coutlee, F., Ohlsson, C., Cortes, A., Marshall, M., Mukhopadhyay, P., Cremin, K., Johnson, LG., Garland, S., Tabrizi, SN., Wentzensen, N., Sitas, F., Little, J., Cruickshank, M., Frazer, IH., Hildesheim, A. & Brown, MA. (2017). 'Defining the genetic susceptibility to cervical neoplasia - a genome-wide association study'. PLoS Genetics, vol. 13, no. 8, 1006866.
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    [Online] AURA: Defining_the_genetic_susceptibility_to_cervical_neoplasia_A_...
    [Online] AURA: Correction_Defining_the_genetic_susceptibility_to_cervical_n...
  • Kyrgiou, M., Kalliala, IEJ., Mitra, A., Fotopoulou, C., Ghaem-Maghami, S., Martin-Hirsch, PPL., Cruickshank, M., Arbyn, M. & Paraskevaidis, E. (2017). 'Immediate referral to colposcopy versus cytological surveillance for minor cervical cytological abnormalities in the absence of HPV test'. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, no. 1, CD009836.
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    [Online] AURA: Kyrgiou_et_al_2017_The_Cochrane_Library.pdf
  • Wheeler, CM., Skinner, SR., Rowena Del Rosario-Raymundo, M., Garland, SM., Chatterjee, A., Lazcano-Ponce, E., Salmeron, J., McNeil, S., Stapleton, JT., Bouchard, C., Martens, MG., Money, DM., Quek, SC., Romanowski, B., Vallejos, CS., ter Harmsel, B., Prilepskaya, V., Fong, KL., Kitchener, H., Minkina, G., Lim, YKT., Stoney, T., Chakhtoura, N., Cruickshank, ME., Savicheva, A., da Silva, DP., Ferguson, M., Molijn, AC., Quint, WGV., Hardt, K., Descamps, D., Suryakiran, PV., Karkada, N., Geeraerts, B., Dubin, G., Struyf, F. & VIVIANE Study Grp (2016). 'Efficacy, safety, and immunogenicity of the human papillomavirus 16/18 AS04-adjuvanted vaccine in women older than 25 years: 7-year follow-up of the phase 3, double-blind, randomised controlled VIVIANE study'. Lancet Infectious Diseases, vol. 16, no. 10, pp. 1154-1168.
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    [Online] AURA: New_RV_Wheeler_et_al_The_Lancet_ID.docx
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