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About > Peter von Dadelszen, PRE-EMPT Principal Investigator


Photo: Peter von Dadelszen is pictured right, with his wife Laura Magee (in the middle) and Helena Boene (on the left).

Peter von Dadelszen is Professor of Global Women's Health, KCL and Honorary Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (since 15 September 2017), and retains his academic and research appointments at the University of British Columbia, where he was full-time faculty from October 2000 – July 2015. A New Zealander (and now Canadian), he studied medicine at the University of Otago, Dunedin. He completed an intercalated research degree in Anatomy in 1981, his medical degree (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) in 1984, and gained a postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1987. He moved to the UK in 1990, to continue his specialty training in obstetrics and gynaecology and undertake a DPhil project with Professor Chris Redman in Oxford. He gained his Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1991 (Fellowship, 2003), and began his DPhil project in 1993, whilst continuing part-time clinical training. With the DPhil benchwork completed in 1996, he moved to Toronto, to undertake subspecialty training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (1996-8), was admitted to Fellowship of the newly amalgamated Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1998. Subsequent to the MFM fellowship, he undertook an additional year of residency training for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (1998-9). 

Peter is married to Laura Magee, with whom he shares leadership of their global maternal health research group focussed on disease mechanisms, outcome prediction, and the impact of standardised best evidence-based care, primarily as PI of the Gates Foundation-funded PRE-EMPT and RCUK GCRF-funded PRECISE initiatives. Peter has been a CIHR New Investigator, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Senior Scholar, CFRI Career Investigator, and was the recipient of the 2012 CIHR Knowledge Translation Award and, with Laura Magee, joint recipient of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy’s prestigious Chesley Award. Currently, he is investigating the mechanisms involved in the development of pre-eclampsia, a possible disease-modifying therapy, and the impact of introducing standardised care for the hypertensive diseases of pregnancy, the latter through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded PRE-EMPT (PRE-eclampsia-Eclampsia Monitoring, Prevention & Treatment) research programme of which he is principal investigator. Complementing the work of PRE-EMPT, Peter has previously received Saving Lives at Birth funding for the PIERS on the Move project.

PRE-EMPT is linked with the CRADLE project (PI: Prof Andrew Shennan, KCL, UK), that is collecting data related to postpartum haemorrhage to inform outcome prediction in women with the leading cause of maternal mortality. Peter has published over 190 peer-reviewed papers since his first substantive appointment, to UBC, 14.5 years ago.