Professor Colin Sibley | Action Medical Research

Professor Colin Sibley

Action Medical Research Endowed Placental and Perinatal Research Unit

Institute of Human Development, University of Manchester

Colin Sibley directs the Action Medical Research Endowed Placental and Perinatal Research Unit in Manchester.

“Our ultimate aim is to find better ways to protect women and babies from problems that can threaten their lives during pregnancy,” says Professor Sibley.

“One such problem, called fetal growth restriction, puts babies at much greater risk of being stillborn or developing disabilities. (Babies with fetal growth restriction don’t grow properly in the womb.) Another problem, called pre-eclampsia, is one of the biggest killers of pregnant women. It can also affect babies’ growth. If pre-eclampsia is severe a baby may need to be delivered early, before they are fully developed.”

“Both of these problems result from the placenta not working properly. Funding from Action Medical Research has enabled us to greatly improve understanding of why this happens, which is helping us to treat pregnant women whose babies are at risk.”

Previous holders

Professor R D H Boyd 1985 – 1990
Professor J Dobbing 1974 – 1984
Help us spread the word