Aston Inaugural - Professor Asif Ahmed, 22nd October 2015

The Risky Business of Pregnancy

Prof Asif Ahmed
Prof Asif Ahmed

Public lecture by Asif Ahmed,  Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Health.

Date: Thursday 22nd October 2015

Time: 6.30pm start with tea and coffee from 6.00pm. 

A free buffet will follow the lecture.

Venue: Sumpner Lecture Theatre, 6th Floor, Main Building, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET (just a short walk from Birmingham City Centre).

About the lecture

Pregnancy should be a joyous time, yet it still takes the lives of mothers and babies. In the BBC period drama ‘Downton Abbey’, the death of Lady Sybil to childbirth highlighted this tragedy. Are we any closer today to finding a cure for pre-eclampsia - a high blood pressure disorder affecting 1 in 20 pregnancies?

The key to our approach has been to focus on what protects the majority of mothers from pre-eclampsia. This talk explores  new discoveries at Aston and Birmingham, which could ‘put the brakes on pre-eclampsia’, and the journey of a translational scientist determined to develop a low-cost therapy. 

Scientific discovery demands grit in the pursuit of difficult questions to find innovative solutions. Like leadership, translational research requires bringing purpose, people and passion under a common vision. This talk is also a celebration of teamwork.

About the speaker

Professor Asif Ahmed  is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of a major new healthcare strategy for the University including the launch of Aston Medical School.

Asif is a world-renowned vascular and obstetric scientist.


The Aston Inaugurals showcase and celebrate the research of the University’s recently appointed professors on a diverse range of topics.

Reasons to attend 

  • Hear from a renowned speaker in vascular and obstetric biology.  Ahmed’s research interests are focused on pregnancy disorders and cardiovascular disease; his work has identified protective enzymes and growth factors which may prevent preeclampsia, a hypertensive disorder that kills 70,000 pregnant women worldwide each year.
  • Learn about the impact Aston’s research has on society.
  • Network over a complimentary buffet with local business professionals and academics from the area of Life and Health Sciences. 

For further information please contact Emma Tromans on 0121 204 4542 or email     

The lectures are open to the general public and there is no entry charge.