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Dr Jane Hirst awarded Fellowship of the UKRI Future Leaders

The George Institute for Global Health's Senior Research Associate Dr Jane Hirst - who leads global research into gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), preterm birth and stillbirth - has been awarded a Fellowship of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders.

The 101 fellows, based at UK universities and businesses, will be supported through an investment of £109 million. The Future Leaders Fellowships scheme is designed to establish the careers of world-class research and innovation leaders across the UK.

UKRI's initiative aims to support the creation of a new cohort of research and innovation leaders who will have links across different sectors and disciplines. Awardees will each receive between £400,000 and £1.5 million over an initial four years. The grant supports challenging and novel projects, and the development of the fellow's career. The funding can also be used to support team members, their development, and pay for equipment and other needs. 

Dr Jane Hirst commented:

I am honoured to received this UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship. The Fellowship will support me leading a world-class programme of research that aims to transform care for women after high-risk pregnancy around the world to improve lifelong health and wellbeing. I will be working with partners in India, Australia and the UK testing practical solutions to integrate non-communicable disease prevention into pregnancy and post-partum care worldwide. This work build upon the SMARThealth Pregnancy programme and GDm-Health.

Find our more about Dr Hirst's work here.