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Professor Stephen Kennedy

I qualified at Guy’s Hospital, London, in 1984, having graduated from Keble College, Oxford, in Experimental Psychology. I trained at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford; Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital, London, and the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. I held the posts of Research Fellow (1986-89), Clinical Lecturer (1992-94), and Senior Fellow in Reproductive Medicine (1994-99) in NDOG, before being appointed as Clinical Reader in 1999 and Professor of Reproductive Medicine in 2011. I held the position of Head of Department from 2005 to 2020.

I jointly lead INTERGROWTH-21st, a large-scale, multicentre project, funded by the Gates Foundation, involving over 60,000 mothers and babies in 11 geographically diverse countries, that aims to assess fetal and newborn growth under optimal and various sub-optimal conditions (e.g. malaria, HIV and malnutrition).

The key message of the INTERGROWTH-21st Project is that healthy, well-nourished women who live in a healthy environment and receive adequate health care, have babies that grow in a similar way in the womb and achieve a similar size at birth irrespective of their ethnicity/race.

Stephen Kennedy