Dr Adam Devall BMedSc (Hons), PhD

Dr Adam Devall

Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
Associate Professor of Maternal Health Clinical Trials
Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Research and WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Women’s Health

Contact details

Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Adam's primary research focus is clinical trials in early pregnancy care, with a particular focus on miscarriage, infertility and global women’s health. As Associate Professor of Maternal Health Clinical Trials, he collaborates with the Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit to manage a portfolio of national and international clinical trials. He is also a senior consortium member of the Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Research, led by Professor Arri Coomarasamy.


  • PhD in Neuropharmacology, University of Birmingham, 2007
  • BMedSc (Hons) Pharmacology, University of Birmingham, 2003


Adam Devall qualified with a BMedSc (Hons) in Medical Sciences from the University of Birmingham in 2003. He went on to study for a PhD in the Department of Pharmacology at Birmingham, which he was awarded in 2007. Following this, he took a position as a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham in the Department of Neurobiology and Neuropharmacology before taking up the role of Trial Coordinator at the Cancer Research Clinical Trials Unit, University of Birmingham in 2011. In 2014, Adam moved to the Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit, working initially as a Senior Trial Manager for the PRISM trial. In 2016, Adam transitioned to the role of Trials Management Team Leader/Senior Clinical Trials Fellow, before moving to his current academic lecturer post in January 2021. 


Adam teaches on the Clinical Trials MSc course.


Adam Devall has a wide range of large research programs within his portfolio, which are listed below:

Principal Investigator 

Progestogens for preventing miscarriage: a network meta-analysis. £10,000. NIHR Incentive Awards Scheme. 2020-2022


  • Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research. £2,500,000 plus institutional investment. Tommy’s. 2021-2026.
  • Development, Field-Testing and Piloting of a refractory postpartum haemorrhage management package: the PPH ReAct (PPH Refractory Action) study. £749,869.31. MRC 2020-2022.
  • Early detection and treatment of post-partum hemorrhage using the MOTIVE bundle: a World Health Organization cluster randomized trial with health economic analysis (the E-MOTIVE study). $10,915,588 USD. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 2019-2022.
  • A 2x2 factorial design trial of letrozole versus clomiphene and metformin versus placebo for ovulation induction in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (LOCI). £2,100,000. NIHR. 2019-2023
  • Tommy's Reproductive Health Biobank. £1,445,074. MRC. 2017-2021.
  • Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research. £6,300,000 including institutional investment. Tommy’s. 2016-2021.
  • A randomised trial of mifepristone and misoprostol versus misoprostol alone for management of missed miscarriage (MifeMiso). £1,769,322. NIHR HTA. 2016-2020.
  • Progesterone in Spontaneous Miscarriage (PRISM). £1,756,618. NIHR HTA. 2014-2018.

Research groups and centres


Recent publications


Muriithi, FG, Banke-Thomas, A, Forbes, G, Gakuo, RW, Thomas, E, Gallos, ID, Devall, A, Coomarasamy, A & Lorencatto, F 2024, 'A systematic review of behaviour change interventions to improve maternal health outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa', PLOS Global Public Health, vol. 4, no. 2, e0002950. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgph.0002950

Dhillon-Smith, RK, Melo, P, Devall, AJ, Smith, PP, Al-Memar, M, Barnhart, K, Condous, G, Christiansen, OB, Goddijn, M, Jurkovic, D, Lissauer, D, Maheshwari, A, Oladapo, OT, Preisler, J, Regan, L, Small, R, Stephenson, M, Wijeyaratne, C, Quenby, S, Bourne, T & Coomarasamy, A 2023, 'A core outcome set for trials in miscarriage management and prevention: An international consensus development study', BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.17484

Forbes, G, Akter, S, Miller, S, Galadanci, H, Qureshi, Z, Fawcus, S, Hofmeyr, GJ, Moran, N, Singata-Madliki, M, Dankishiya, F, Gwako, G, Osoti, A, Thomas, E, Gallos, I, Mammoliti, K-M, Devall, A, Coomarasamy, A, Althabe, F, Atkins, L, Bohren, MA & Lorencatto, F 2023, 'Factors influencing postpartum haemorrhage detection and management and the implementation of a new postpartum haemorrhage care bundle (E-MOTIVE) in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa', Implementation Science, vol. 18, no. 1, 1. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13012-022-01253-0

Dhillon-Smith, RK, Melo, P, Kaur, R, Fox, E, Devall, A, Woodhead, N & Coomarasamy, A 2023, 'Interventions to prevent miscarriage', Fertility and Sterility. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2023.08.955

Devall, AJ, Easter, CL, Price, MJ, Islam, MA & Coomarasamy, A 2023, 'Objective Measurement of Blood Loss following Vaginal Delivery in a UK Hospital', Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology, vol. 50, no. 11, 236. https://doi.org/10.31083/j.ceog5011236

Gallos, I, Devall, A, Martin, J, Middleton, L, Beeson, L, Galadanci, H, Alwy al-Beity, F, Qureshi, Z, Hofmeyr, GJ, Moran, N, Fawcus, S, Sheikh, L, Gwako, G, Osoti, A, Aswat, A, Mammoliti, K, Sindhu, KN, Podesek, M, Horne, I, Timms, R, Yunas, I, Okore, J, Singata-Madliki, M, Arends, E, Wakili, AA, Mwampashi, A, Nausheen, S, Muhammad, S, Latthe, P, Evans, C, Akter, S, Forbes, G, Lissauer, D, Meher, S, Weeks, A, Shennan, A, Ammerdorffer, A, Williams, E, Roberts, T, Widmer, M, Oladapo, OT, Lorencatto, F, Bohren, MA, Miller, S, Althabe, F, Gülmezoglu, M, Smith, JM, Hemming, K & Coomarasamy, A 2023, 'Randomized Trial of Early Detection and Treatment of Postpartum Hemorrhage', New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 389, no. 1, pp. 11-21. https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa2303966

SELENIB Investigators, Bryan, R, Pirrie, S, Abbotts, B, Maycock, S, During, V, Lewis, C, Grant, M, Bird, D, Devall, A, Wallace, DM, James, N, Billingham, L, Zeegers, M & Cheng, KK 2023, 'Selenium and Vitamin E for Prevention of Non–Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer Recurrence and Progression: A Randomized Clinical Trial', JAMA network open, vol. 6, no. 10, e2337494. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.37494

Moran, NF, Bishop, DG, Fawcus, S, Morris, E, Shakur-Still, H, Devall, AJ, Gallos, ID, Widmer, M, Oladapo, OT, Coomarasamy, A & Hofmeyr, GJ 2023, 'Tranexamic acid at cesarean delivery: drug-error deaths', BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, vol. 130, no. 1, pp. 114-117. https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.17292

Moran, NF, Bishop, DG, Fawcus, S, Morris, E, Shakur-Still, H, Devall, AJ, Gallos, ID, Widmer, M, Oladapo, OT, Coomarasamy, A & Hofmeyr, GJ 2023, 'Tranexamic acid at cesarean delivery: drug-error deaths', American journal of obstetrics and gynecology, vol. 228, no. 1, pp. 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2022.05.072

Wakili, AA, Aswat, A, Timms, R, Beeson, L, Mammoliti, K-M, Devall, A, Musa, BM, Amole, T, Dankishiya, F, Coomarasamy, A, Gallos, ID & Galadanci, HS 2022, 'Differences in obstetric practices and outcomes of postpartum hemorrhage across Nigerian health facilities', International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, vol. 158, no. S1, pp. 23-30. https://doi.org/10.1002/ijgo.14198

Khan, O, Gour, S, Lim Choi Keung, SN, Morris, N, Shields, R, Quenby, S, Dimakou, DB, Pickering, O, Tamblyn, J, Devall, A, Coomarasamy, A, Thornton, DK, Perry, A & Arvanitis, TN 2022, 'Electronic patient reported outcomes for miscarriage research in Tommy's Net', Studies in health technology and informatics, vol. 295, pp. 458-461. https://doi.org/10.3233/shti220764

Review article

Melo, P, Dhillon-Smith, R, Islam, MA, Devall, A & Coomarasamy, A 2023, 'Genetic causes of sporadic and recurrent miscarriage', Fertility and Sterility, vol. 120, no. 5, pp. 940-944. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2023.08.952

Chung, Y, Melo, P, Pickering, O, Dhillon-Smith, R, Coomarasamy, A & Devall, A 2023, 'The association between dietary patterns and risk of miscarriage: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Fertility and Sterility, vol. 120, no. 2, pp. 333-357. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2023.04.011

Melo, P, Devall, A, Shennan, AH, Vatish, M, Becker, CM, Granne, I, Papageorghiou, AT, Mol, BW & Coomarasamy, A 2023, 'Vaginal micronised progesterone for the prevention of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy: A systematic review and meta‐analysis', BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.17705

Holt-Kentwell, A, Ghosh, J, Devall, A, Coomarasamy, A & Dhillon-Smith, RK 2022, 'Evaluating interventions and adjuncts to optimize pregnancy outcomes in subfertile women: an overview review', Human Reproduction Update, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 583-600. https://doi.org/10.1093/humupd/dmac001

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