Peter Brocklehurst is Director of the Institute for Women’s Health at University College London, having previously been Director of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU), University of Oxford. Peter remains at the NPEU for part of his time where he is Co-Director of the Policy Research Unit in Maternal Health and Care, and he remains Professor of Perinatal Epidemiology at Oxford.
Peter graduated in Medicine from Dundee University in 1985. After post-graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology he was admitted to the RCOG in 1991. He was awarded an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1994, and then joined the NPEU as a research fellow in perinatal trials, becoming a consultant clinical epidemiologist and then Director. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health.
Peter currently leads a large programme of clinical trials in perinatal care as well as a large observational study to evaluate the outcomes associated with planned birth in hospital, midwifery-units and home. He created UKOSS, the UK Obstetric Surveillance System, a system to measure the incidence and outcomes of a range of rare disorders of pregnancy.
Peter chairs numerous steering committees and data monitoring committees, and is a member of the executive and board of the NIHR Medicines for Children Research Network (www.mcrn.org.uk) and the National Reproductive Health Research Network (www.rcog.org.uk/national-reproductive-health-research-network). In 2010 he was made a NIHR Senior Investigator.