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Blizard Institute - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr Shahid Husain, FRPCH MD


Clinical Senior Lecturer

Centre: Centre for Genomics and Child Health

Telephone: 020 8510 7689



Dr Husain is a Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Neonatal Medicine at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He qualified in Manchester, and completed clinical training in Scotland and the North West England before being appointed in London in 1995. His research interests include placental transport mechanisms, retinopathy of prematurity and the use of probiotics to prevent preterm labour and birth.


Member of the Thames Regional Perinatal Group, Neonatal Society, and British Association of Perinatal Medicine.


Dr Husain and his colleagues working in the Neonatal Unit at Homerton Hospital provide a neonatal medical service. The Unit serves a high-risk population and has one of the highest throughputs of very low birth weight babies in the country. His early research was laboratory based; more recently this has changed direction to clinical studies involving preterm babies.


Member of the Human Development Medical Education Committee; Problem Based Learning facilitation and Child Health landscapes in Years 1 and 2; Neonatology workshop in Year4; OSCE examiner


Research Interests:

Placental transport mechanisms; retinopathy of prematurity; prevention of spontaneous preterm labour and birth

Recently completed projects have revolved around the fetal control of calcium transport across the placenta, and characterisation of the vaginal microflora in a multiethnic population. Ongoing research includes the development of an algorithm with the ability to predict severe retinopathy of prematurity before its onset. Projected research includes the use of probiotics to reduce the risk of preterm labour and birth.


H Bond, MR Dilworth, B Baker, E Cowley, A Requena Jimenez, RDH Boyd, SM Husain, BS Ward, CP Sibley, JD Glazier. Increased maternofetal calcium flux in parathyroid hormone-related protein-null mice. J Physiol 2008, 586.7: 2015-2025.

MR Dilworth, L Kusinski, E Cowley, BS Ward, SM Husain, M Constancia, CP Sibley, JD Glazier. Placental-specific Igf2 knockout mice exhibit hypocalcaemia and adaptive changes in placental calcium transport. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2010, 107: 3894-3899.

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