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The Lord Mayor, Councillor Maureen Cornish, cutting the ribbon to launch the network
The Lord Mayor, Councillor Maureen Cornish, cuts the ribbon at launch of The Dame Hilda Lloyd Network.

We were fortunate to have support from a number of high profile individuals, highlighting the important work this Network is conducting to help drive forward the women's health agenda. 

Professor Shakila Thangaratinam, founder of the DHL Network, welcomed everyone to the event and provided some background on the aims and outputs of the Network in improving women’s health in the region. The Lord Mayor, Councillor Maureen Cornish, was present to cut the ribbon. Councillor Mariam Khan gave a speech and highlighted the work we could all do together to improve women's health in Birmingham. Professor David Adams, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Birmingham, also shared a few words.

The were many distinguished presentations at the event. Professor Mark Kilby, who currently holds the Dame Hilda Lloyd Chair of Fetal Medicine, gave insight into Dame Hilda herself and showed what an inspiring lady she was. To show the breadth of the Network, we were delighted to have Professor Sara Poonasamy from the University of Warwick to share his research updates and the regional and global potential of the Network. And finally, we heard from our DHL tier leads who updated the Network on what they have been doing and future steps.

Our event was closed by an insight into Patient and Public Involvement (PPI). There was a panel session highlighting the barriers and opportunities to patient involvement, and some tips for the researchers and clinicians to integrate effective PPI into their work.

Overall, it was a day for connections and partnerships. We look forward to seeing what unfolds over the next 12 months.