Dr John Allotey

Dr John Allotey

Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
Associate Professor in Epidemiology and Women’s Health
IMSR Lead for Global Engagement

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

John Allotey is Associate Professor in Epidemiology and Women’s Health at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Women's Health within the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research. He has almost a decade of experience in academic clinical research, primarily in the field of maternal health. His research interests lie in the development, evaluation and implementation of prognostic models and evidence synthesis using aggregate data and individual participant data meta-analysis.

How does COVID-19 affect pregnant women and their babies?


Associate Professor in Epidemiology and Women’s Health:

  • PhD in Academic Medical Research; University of Amsterdam, 2018
  • MSc in Public Health and Health Economics; Queen Mary University of London, 2009
  • BSc in Zoology; University of Ghana, 2006


John started his research career as a trialist at the University of Birmingham in 2010, before moving to Queen Mary University of London in 2012 to lead on an NIHR funded trial to develop and validate prediction models for complications in pregnant women with early onset pre-eclampsia. The prediction models he helped developed here would go on to be one of the only prediction models to be recommended for use by a national guideline in management of pregnant women.

In 2018, John was awarded a PhD in Academic Medical Research from the University of Amsterdam with his research aimed at improving the prediction and prevention of adverse pregnancy outcomes. In that time, he helped establish the International Prediction of Pregnancy Complications (IPPIC) Network, and was co-lead on the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded project on the prediction of pre-eclampsia using IPD. He also currently co-leads the IPD meta-analysis project on prediction of fetal growth restriction (also funded by the NIHR), the International Weight Management in Pregnancy (i-WIP GDM) collaborative group, and the International Calcium to prevent pre-eclampsia (i-CIP) collaborative Network.

John has published in first or second author positions in Lancet, BMJ, PLOS Medicine, HTA Monographs, and BMC Medicine. His work has contributed to national guidelines on epilepsy in pregnancy, as well as on the management of pregnant women with hypertensive diseases, and management of pregnant women during a pandemic. He strives to work collaboratively, building national and international networks, such as with the IPPIC collaboration boasting more than 125 researchers from 25 countries, and iWIP collaboration with 40 researchers from 16 countries.


Masters in Public Health (MPH)

  • Co-module lead - Epidemiology, Statistics and Research Methods
  • Lecturer - Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis
  • Dissertation supervisor

Medical Science (BMedSc)

  • Project supervisor

MSc in Health Research Methods

Medicine and Surgery MBChB

MSc Metabolism and Systems Research

  • Masters supervisor

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD students

Anna Boath

Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Targeting Weight Management Interventions in Pregnancy using Adiposity Measures Oct 2019-Oct 2022

Dyuti Coomar

Improving the prediction and prevention of gestational diabetes and its complications IPD meta-analysis Oct 2020 – Oct 2023


Other activities


Recent publications


Sheikh, J, Allotey, J, Kew, T, Khalil, H, Galadanci, H, Hofmeyr, GJ, Abalos, E, Vogel, JP, Lavin, T, Souza, JP, Kaur, I, Ram, U, Betran, AP, Bohren, MA, Oladapo, OT & Thangaratinam, S 2024, 'Vulnerabilities and reparative strategies during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period: moving from rhetoric to action', EClinicalMedicine, vol. 67, 102264. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2023.102264

International Calcium in Pregnancy (i-CIP) Collaborative Network 2023, 'Calcium supplementation to prevent pre-eclampsia: protocol for an individual participant data meta-analysis, network meta-analysis and health economic evaluation', BMJ open, vol. 13, no. 5, e065538. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2022-065538

Heslehurst, N, Vinogradov, R, Nguyen, GT, Bigirumurame, T, Teare, MD, Hayes, L, Lennie, SC, Murtha, V, Tothill, R, Smith, J, Allotey, J & Vale, L 2023, 'Study of How Adiposity in Pregnancy has an Effect on outcomeS (SHAPES): protocol for a prospective cohort study', BMJ open, vol. 13, no. 9, e073545. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2023-073545

Taylor, E, Junaid, F, Khattak, H, Sheikh, J, Ghosh, J, Kemah, B-L, Nelson-Piercy, C, Morley, K, Moss, N, Knox, E, Allotey, J & Thangaratinam, S 2022, 'Care of pregnant women with epilepsy in the United Kingdom: A national survey of healthcare professionals', European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, vol. 276, pp. 47-55. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejogrb.2022.06.021

Cooray, SD, Boyle, JA, Soldatos, G, Allotey, J, Wang, H, Fernandez-Felix, BM, Zamora, J, Thangaratinam, S & Teede, HJ 2022, 'Development, validation and clinical utility of a risk prediction model for adverse pregnancy outcomes in women with gestational diabetes: The PeRSonal GDM model', EClinicalMedicine, vol. 52, 101637. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2022.101637

IPPIC Collaborative Network 2022, 'Effects of race and ethnicity on perinatal outcomes in high-income and upper-middle-income countries: an individual participant data meta-analysis of 2 198 655 pregnancies', The Lancet, vol. 400, no. 10368, pp. 2049-2062. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(22)01191-6

PregCOV-19 Living Systematic Review Consortium 2022, 'Global variations in the burden of SARS-CoV-2 infection and its outcomes in pregnant women by geographical region and country's income status: a meta-analysis', BMJ Global Health, vol. 7, no. 11, e010060. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2022-010060


Allotey, J, Bewley, S, Kenny, LC, Magee, LA, Morris, RK, O'Donoghue, K, Paul, A, Smeden, M, Thangaratinam, S, Thornton, JG, Dadelszen, PV & Zamora, J 2022, 'Re: Reducing health inequality in Black, Asian and other minority ethnic pregnant women: Impact of first-trimester combined screening for placental dysfunction on perinatal mortality', BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, vol. 129, no. 9, pp. 1614-1615. https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.17161

Review article

Hughes, A, Weckesser, A, Denny, E, Junaid, F, Nelson-Piercy, C, Black, M, Allotey, J, Thangaratinam, S & Dyson, J 2024, 'Barriers and facilitators to healthcare practitioners providing care for pregnant women with epilepsy: A systematic review and narrative synthesis', Seizure, vol. 118, pp. 38-46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seizure.2024.04.007

Fountas, A, Coulden, A, Fernandez Garcia, S, Tsermoulas, G, Allotey, J & Karavitaki, N 2024, 'Central diabetes insipidus (vasopressin deficiency) after surgery for pituitary tumours: A systematic review and meta-analysis', European Journal of Endocrinology.

PregCOV-19 Living Systematic Review Consortium, Fernández-García, S, del Campo-Albendea, L, Sambamoorthi, D, Sheikh, J, Lau, K, Osei-Lah, N, Ramkumar, A, Naidu, H, Stoney, N, Sundaram, P, Sengupta, P, Mehta, S, Attarde, S, Maddock, S, Manning, M, Meherally, Z, Ansari, K, Lawson, H, Yap, M, Kew, T, Punnoose, A, Knight, C, Sadeqa, E, Cherian, J, Ravi, S, Chen, W, Walker, K, O’Donoghue, K, van Wely, M, van Leeuwen, E, Kostova, E, Kunst, H, Khalil, A, Brizuela, V, Kara, E, Kim, CR, Thorson, A, Oladapo, OT, Mofenson, L, Gottlieb, SL, Bonet, M, Moss, N, Zamora, J, Allotey, J & Thangaratinam, S 2024, 'Effectiveness and safety of COVID-19 vaccines on maternal and perinatal outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis', BMJ Global Health, vol. 9, no. 4, e014247. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2023-014247

Tiruneh, SA, Vu, TTT, Moran, LJ, Callander, EJ, Allotey, J, Thangaratinam, S, Rolnik, DL, Teede, HJ, Wang, R & Enticott, J 2024, 'Externally validated prediction models for pre‐eclampsia: systematic review and meta‐analysis', Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 63, no. 5, pp. 592-604. https://doi.org/10.1002/uog.27490

Jeer, B, Haberfeld, E, Khalil, A, Thangaratinam, S & Allotey, J 2023, 'Perinatal and maternal outcomes according to timing of induction of labour: A systematic review and meta-analysis', European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, vol. 288, pp. 175-182. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejogrb.2023.07.021

Allotey, J, Chatterjee, S, Kew, T, Gaetano, A, Stallings, E, Fernández-garcía, S, Yap, M, Sheikh, J, Lawson, H, Coomar, D, Dixit, A, Zhou, D, Balaji, R, Littmoden, M, King, Y, Debenham, L, Llavall, AC, Ansari, K, Sandhu, G, Banjoko, A, Walker, K, O’donoghue, K, Van Wely, M, Van Leeuwen, E, Kostova, E, Kunst, H, Khalil, A, Brizuela, V, Broutet, N, Kara, E, Kim, CR, Thorson, A, Oladapo, OT, Zamora, J, Bonet, M, Mofenson, L & Thangaratinam, S 2022, 'SARS-CoV-2 positivity in offspring and timing of mother-to-child transmission: living systematic review and meta-analysis', BMJ, vol. 376, e067696. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj-2021-067696

Marleen, S, Dias, C, Nandasena, R, MacGregor, R, Allotey, J, Aquilina, J, Khalil, A & Thangaratinam, S 2021, 'Association between chorionicity and preterm birth in twin pregnancies: a systematic review involving 29 864 twin pregnancies', BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, vol. 128, no. 5, pp. 788-796. https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.16479

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