Based in the Mother and Infant Research Unit (MIRU) at the University of York and Hull York Medical School, the theme is jointly led by Professor Mary Renfrew (MIRU) and Professor Bill McGuire (Hull York Medical School).
Professor Mary J Renfrew BSc, RGN, SCM, DN, PhD is the Director, Mother and Infant Research Unit, Department of Health Sciences at University of York and Co-Director, Maternal and Infant Health and Care theme, Yorkshire and Humber Health Innovation and Education Cluster (HIEC)
A midwife by clinical background, Mary has been involved in practice, research and education in midwifery and maternity care for over 30 years, in Edinburgh, Oxford, Leeds, and York in the UK, and in Alberta, Canada.
has on-going and recent research and development work in infant feeding, inequalities in health, the organisation of maternity care, and avoiding interventions in childbirth.
led a programme of work on evidence and guidance and practice development related to maternal and infant nutrition for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
is the co-author of around 100 peer reviewed publications and seven books.
She has been co-editor of the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group, Chair of the Steering Group of the UK Breastfeeding Manifesto Coalition, and Chair of the WHO Strategic Committee for Maternal and Newborn Health.
She is a member of the International Council of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, a Council member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, a member of the Research Standing Committee of the International Confederation of Midwives, and is a Senior Investigator with the National Institute for Health Research.