Jane Norman


Jane E. Norman, MD, FRCOG, FRCPE, FMedSci, Professor of Maternal and Fetal Health, Director of the Tommy’s Centre for Maternal and Fetal Health, Vice Principal, Equality and Diversity, University of Edinburgh, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


I graduated in Medicine from the University of Edinburgh in 1986. After early clinical and academic training in obstetrics and gynaecology in Edinburgh, under the supervision of Professors David Baird, Andrew Calder and Rodney Kelly, I was awarded the degree of MD by the University of Edinburgh in 1992.

I moved to a clinical lecturer post at the University of Glasgow in 1993, continuing my interest in uterine contractility, but began to focus on the pathophysiology of parturition. Since 1993, I have conducted translational research aiming to understand factors responsible for the initiation of normal and abnormal parturition. I have led multicentre clinical trials of therapies to improve the process of parturition for women and their babies. I am currently conducting clinical trials to prevent preterm birth, to reduce adverse outcomes associated with maternal obesity and to prevent stillbirth.

I was awarded a Personal Professorship at the University of Glasgow in 2006, and was appointed to the Regius Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Glasgow in 2007. I moved to Edinburgh to the Chair of Maternal and Fetal Health in 2008 and I am the Director of the Edinburgh Tommy’s Centre for Maternal and Fetal Health Research. In 2014, I also became Vice Principal, Equality and Diversity at the University of Edinburgh.

I maintain an active clinical practice as a Consultant Obstetrician at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.