Miss Helen Williams BSc (Hons)

Miss Helen Williams

Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
Research Associate

Contact details

Address
Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
Academic Unit, 3rd Floor
Birmingham Women's Hospital Foundation Trust
Mindelsohn Way
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TG

Helen developed key skills in organisation and communication through experience in both private and public sector work before joining the University in May 2010.

Since then she has delivered strategic support and project management to research proposals and programmes in biomedical studies, with a growing focus on miscarriage and global women’s health.

Her current role underpins an outstanding portfolio of qualitative research, international clinical trials and evidence synthesis work, supporting Professor Arri Coomarasamy in his leadership of ventures including Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research. Other studies include the recently completed PROMISE Trial to explore the role of progesterone therapy for recurrent miscarriage; the PRISM Trial to consider progesterone therapy for women with early pregnancy bleeding; and the Carbetocin RTS Trial investigates the role of carbetocin to prevent postpartum haemorrhage.

Helen is also a co-applicant to a Health Technology Assessment award to conduct a network meta-analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis of uterotonic agents to prevent postpartum haemorrhage.

Qualifications

  • BSc Human Geography (Distinction)

Biography

Recent Career Summary:

  • Early Pregnancy Research Fellow for Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research 2016 onwards
  • Research Associate for the School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine 2013 onwards
  • Research Support Administrator for the College of Medical and Dental Sciences 2011 - 2013
  • Course Administrator and PA to the Director of the PSIBS Doctoral Training Centre 2010 - 2011 
  • PA to the CEO of the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) 2008 - 2010 
  • Architectural Practice Manager and PA to the Directors of Kinetic AIU Limited 2007 – 2008

Publications

  • Coomarasamy A, Williams H, Truchanowicz E, Seed P, Small R, Quenby S, Gupta P, Dawood F, Koot YE, Goddijn M, Bender Atik R, Bloemenkamp KWM, Brady R, Briley A, Cavallaro R, Cheong YC, Chu J, Eapen A, Essex H, Ewies A, Hoek A, Kaaijk EM, Koks CA, Li TC, MacLean M, Mol BW, Moore J, Parrott S, Ross J, Sharpe L, Stewart J, Trépel D, Vaithilingam N, Farquharson R, Kilby M, Khalaf Y, Regan L, Rai R. First trimester progesterone therapy in women with a history of unexplained recurrent miscarriages: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled international multi-centre trial and economic evaluation. NIHR HTA Library [in press].
  • Progesterone in Women with Recurrent Miscarriages: Author Reply. Coomarasamy A; Williams H; Rai R. New England Journal of Medicine, 2016 Mar 3, 374(9):894.
  • Coomarasamy A, Williams H, Truchanowicz E, Seed P, Small R, Quenby S, Gupta P, Dawood F, Koot YE, Goddijn M, Bender Atik R, Bloemenkamp KWM, Brady R, Briley A, Cavallaro R, Cheong YC, Chu J, Eapen A, Ewies A, Hoek A, Kaaijk EM, Koks CA, Li TC, MacLean M, Mol BW, Moore J, Ross J, Sharpe L, Stewart J, Vaithilingam N, Farquharson R, Kilby M, Khalaf Y, Regan L, Rai R. A Randomized Trial of Progesterone in Women with Recurrent Miscarriages. New England Journal of Medicine 2015 Nov 26;373(22):2141-8. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1504927.
  • Gallos ID, Williams H, Price M, Merriel A, Gee HY, Lissauer D, Moorthy V, Tuncalp O, Gulmezoglu AM, Deeks, JJ, Hofmeyr GJ, Coomarasamy A. Uterotonic agents for preventing postpartum haemorrhage: a network meta-analysis [protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD011689. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011689.
  • Merriel A, Harb H, Williams H, Lilford R, Coomarasamy A. Global women's health: current clinical trials in low- and middle-income countries. BJOG. 2015 Jan;122(2):190-8. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.13183.