Associate Professor in Global Women's Health
Prof Jane Hirst is an academic obstetrician at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on global perinatal health, specifically gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), preeclampsia, preterm birth, stillbirth, anaemia, sepsis and preventing the lifelong effects of these pregnancy complications. She was awarded a Prime Minister’s Australia-Asia Endeavour Doctoral Award for her PhD in 2009, then came to Oxford in 2013 on a Nuffield Fellowship to work with the INTERGROWTH-21st consortium and the GDm-Health development team.
She has projects in Viet Nam, China, India, Australia and the UK. In 2020 she was awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship to improve antenatal and postpartum care for women in rural India, with a focus on using pregnancy as an opportunity to improve women's lifelong health. In collaboration with the George Institute for Global Health, her team have adapted the SMART Health platform, a method to improve the quality of guideline-based care delivered in rural and resource-poor communities (SMART Health Pregnancy). Jane leads a large cluster randomised trial testing the effectiveness of this approach in two rural districts in India due to commence in 2022.
In the UK, her research focuses on women with diabetes in pregnancy. She has an interest in digital technologies and improving care for women with gestational and type 2 diabetes in pregnancy.
She is a NICE Diabetes Guideline Development group member and led the Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health successful Athena SWAN Silver award in 2019. She is a Research Fellow, Green Templeton College and works as a Consultant Obstetrician in the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.