Professor Baskaran Thilaganathan's research interests are focused on obstetrics - the care of women and their children during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period.
He has a particular interest in medical and surgical management of high-risk pregnancies (materno-fetal medicine) with a focus on twin pregnancy, fetal growth, fetal abnormality and preeclamspsia. The latter is a condition that occurs when the placenta isn’t working properly. It causes high blood pressure during pregnancy and can make the baby ill.
Professor Thilaganathan's research methods include uterine Doppler and trophoblast invasion, screening for pre-eclampsia, echocardiography based studies of maternal cardiac adaptation to pregnancy, and clinical studies of twin pregnancies.
Professor Thilaganathan has authored one undergraduate and four postgraduate text books in obstetrics and fetal medicine. He is the lead trainer for the Maternal-Fetal medicine sub-speciality training programme at St George’s Hospital, Chairman of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Meetings Committee, and Editor-in Chief of “Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology”, the medical journal affiliated to the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He has more than 120 peer-reviewed publications.
Professor Thilaganathan has been a Professor in Fetal Medicine at St George’s, University of London, since 2008, and before that, from 2005, he was a Reader in Fetal Medicine. He was appointed Director of Fetal Medicine at St George’s Hospital in 1999.
He did postgraduate training at King’s College London and the Barts and Homerton Hospitals, culminating in my Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG) (1995), MD in Fetal Medicine (1996) and Certificate of Completion of Training (CCST) (1998). He undertook undergraduate training at King’s College London, where he obtained both my BSc in genetic engineering (1995) and MBBS (1988).
Melchiorre K, Sutherland GR, Baltabaeva A, Liberati M, Thilaganathan B. Maternal cardiac dysfunction and remodeling in women with pre-eclampsia at term. Hypertension. 2011;57(1):85-93.
Prefumo F, Gaze DC, Papageorghiou AT, Collinson PO, Thilaganathan B. First trimester maternal serum ischaemia-modified albumin: a marker of hypoxia-ischaemia-driven early trophoblast development. Hum Reprod. 2007;22(7):2029-32.
Whitley GS, Dash PR, Ayling LJ, Prefumo F, Thilaganathan B, Cartwright JE. Increased apoptosis in first trimester extravillous trophoblasts from pregnancies at higher risk of developing preeclampsia. Am J Pathol. 2007;170(6):1903-9.
Professor Guy Whitley and Doctor Judith Cartwright (Basic Medical Sciences).
Doctor Jo Sheldon (Protein Reference Unit).
Professor Sanjay Sharma and Prof George Sutherland (Cardiology).
British Heart Foundation