The University of Dundee’s global contribution to research on mother and infant health and midwifery was recognised with a record representation at a leading conference in Canada this week.
Staff from the University’s Mother and Infant Research Unit (MIRU) made 17 presentations at the 31st International Colleges of Midwives Triennial Congress in Toronto, the largest gathering in the world of experts in midwifery.
Professor Mary Renfrew said, “This is unprecedented representation at the ICM Congress and strongly emphasises the impact Dundee is having in mother and infant health.
“We have made major contributions in the past few years including co-authoring the Lancet series on midwifery, which has become a major guiding text in shaping policy and practice across the world.”
Professor Renfrew was joined by four other staff of the MIRU, which is part of the University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences – Dr Alison McFadden, Dr Andrew Symon, Dr Joan Cameron and Dr Heather Whitford. They presented papers on a range of subjects including:
· infant feeding
· research models and priorities
· models of midwifery care
· translating evidence in to policy
· and the impact of the Lancet series of midwifery
The 31st ICM Triennial Congress took place in Toronto from June 18th to 22nd. The Congress was attended by 130 Midwives Associations, representing 114 countries across every continent.