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Yorkshire midwife turned researcher rewarded with new collaborative role

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Diane Farrar, a senior midwife turned researcher, has been given a new role that will enable her to collaborate more widely on her vital work into gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.

Dr Farrar, an expert on gestational diabetes, is currently a research fellow at the Bradford Institute for Health Research, based at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

“It’s been a lot of hard work but I get to work with some brilliant people”

Diane Farrar

She has now added to that an appointment as visiting associate professor in maternal health at Leeds University’s school of healthcare.

The trust said she has been “rewarded for her expertise, and knowledge of maternal and infant health” with a new role that will see her collaborate on research with academics from Leeds.

Linda McGowan, professor of applied health research at the University of Leeds, said: “I am excited that Diane will be collaborating with us on important research work.

“She is an expert in gestational diabetes and we are looking at ways that we can share good practice with health workers in low-to-middle income countries about how to care for mothers who develop this increasingly-prevalent condition,” she said.

Dr Farrar will also give guest lectures and provide advice to students undertaking educational projects for their masters and doctorate degrees.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Maternal health research gets boost with new appointment

Diane Farrar

She said she was delighted to be awarded her new post and thanked the trust for its support and for providing her with “some super opportunities” during her career.

“I have benefitted greatly from the forward-thinking ethos and the many opportunities that have arisen,” she said. “It’s been a lot of hard work but I get to work with some brilliant people.”

Dr Farrar started work with the NHS in Bradford as a trainee nurse in January 1986 and recently completed 31 years at the trust.

After her initial nurse training, she went on to establish herself as a midwife, before becoming a labour ward manager and subsequently a research midwife. She completed a PhD in 2010.

She is credited with being a key member of the team that set up the landmark Born in Bradford project. It involved 13,500 children across the city and has already provided new insights into the health of babies and primary school children that have been shared globally.

Appointed a research fellow in 2010, Dr Farrar is currently carrying out research into hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, such as pre-eclampsia.

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