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Professor Marian Knight

Knight, Marian

Professor Knight is Chair of NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research subcommittee D.

Marian is Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit of the University of Oxford, and an Honorary Consultant in Public Health with Public Health England. She obtained her first degree in Medical Sciences in Cambridge and completed her medical training at the University of Edinburgh.

Initially working in obstetrics and neonatology in Newcastle, Edinburgh and Oxford, Marian completed a DPhil investigating the pathogenesis of pre-eclampsia in 1998. She then specialised in epidemiology and public health, became a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and a Research Lecturer in 2006 at the University of Oxford.

Marian was awarded one of the first NIHR Research Professorships in 2012 and was appointed to her Chair in Oxford in 2017.

Her research work focuses on using national observational studies to address clinical questions concerning rare and severe complications of pregnancy and early life. She also leads the MBRRACE-UK national confidential enquiries into maternal morbidity and mortality, the findings from which has directly influenced decisions to increase funding for maternal mental health care.

Marian previously has been the Chair of NIHR NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Regional Advisory Committee South Central.