Conjoint Prof. Ian Symonds
|Work Phone||(02) 4921 7776|
|Fax||(02) 4921 7788|
Head of School
School of Medicine and Public Health
The University of Newcastle, Australia
|Office||BB1-19, Bowman Building|
I have extensive experience in the design and funding of research project protocols including ethical committee approval, Health and Safety regulations, animal experiment regulations and regulations for the use of radioactive substances.
As a Research Fellow funded by the Cancer Research Campaign in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Nottingham University I developed an anti-mucin monoclonal antibody for use in the management of gynaecological cancer and set up a phase I clinical imaging study in patients with ovarian cancer. Results of this work were submitted for the degree of Doctor of Medicine.
With Professor Arulkumaran I established the academic department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Derby in 1998. During its first 3 years the Department obtained external grant funding of more than ¿1.3 million.
In 2004 I took up the post of Head of Discipline and Professor of Reproductive Medicine in Newcastle. Although I am continuing to publish results of work carried out in the UK I have concentrated on buidling new reseach collaborations in Australia which would not have been sufficiently advanced to produced publications by the end of 2006. These include ongoing projects in immunity to sexually transmitted infections, genetics of endometrial cancer, psychosocial effects of maternal ageing and medical student selection. This has been achieved while also having been heavily involved in the undergraduate and postrgraduate education.
- Doctor of Medicine, University of Nottingham - UK
- Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Honours), University of Nottingham - UK
- Master of Medical Sciences in Clinical Education, University of Nottingham - UK
- Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Nottingham - UK
- Cervical screening
- Fetal ECG
- Medical Education
- Near Infrared spectroscopy
- Ovarian cancer
I have had a broad range of research interests in obstetrics, gynaecology and medical education. I have been the principle investigator at Derby on projects on the detection of intrapartum fetal hypoxia by fetal ECG-ST analysis, treatment of dysfunctional uterine bleeding, genetics of pre-eclampsia, infrared spectroscopic analysis of cervical smears and detection of ovarian cancer using Tc-99 labeled monoclonal antibody. I have ongoing research projects in inate immunity to chlamydia, medical education including medical student selection and the psychosocial aspects of maternal age
Fields of Research
|111799||Public Health And Health Services Not Elsewhere Classified||50|
|110399||Clinical Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified||30|
|111400||Paediatrics And Reproductive Medicine||20|
Centres and Groups
Body relevant to professional practice.
- Clinical panel member - AMC overseas trained doctors examination
- Member of RANZCOG board of examiners - Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Member - Editorial Board of Best Practice and Research: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Member - The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
- UK Academy of teaching and learning in higher education
Chairman of O&G research governance group
South Derbyshire NHS Trust (United Kingdom)
|01/01/2000 - 01/07/2004|
Co-ordinator of MRANZCOG written (SAQ) examination
Royal Asutralian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Australia)
Lord Dearing Award for Teaching and Learning
University of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
Given by the University of Nottingham for an outstanding contribution to the development of teaching and student learning.
Spirit of Southern Derbyshire award for contribution to creating a Healthy Community
South Derbyshire Health Authority (United Kingdom)
for development of new clinical service
Young MRCOG new investigators award
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (United Kingdom)
for scientific presentation submitted for the First International Scientific Meeting of the College.
1998 - 2002 Member of the mid-Trent postgraduate training education committee, UK
1998 - 2004 RCOG Education supervisor at Derby City Hospital
1999 - 2004 Lead clinician for out-patient hysteroscopy service at Derby City General Hospital
1999 - 2004 Chairman of O&G gynaecology development committee, Derby City Hospital
2000 - 2004 Chairman of O&G research governance group, Derby, UK
2001 - 2004 Member of hospital Research and Development Committee, SDAH Trust, UK
2002 - 2004 Lead academic for admissions to the Graduate Entry (GEM) Course at Derby
2004 Member of Committee for Continuing Medical Eduction John Hunter Hospital
2005 ITP supervisor for RANZCOG John Hunter Hospital
1997 - 2004 Member of the teaching sub-committee of the School of Human Development
2000 -2004 Faculty member for the postgraduate diploma and Master of Science in midwifery 2001- 2004 Member of the Curriculum Policy Group of Faculty of Health Sciences
2001 - 2003 Derby Research Strategy Group
2002 - 2004 Faculty Board Member, Nottingham Medical School, UK
2002 - 2004 Member of the admissions committee for Medicine, Nottingham, UK
2003 - Member of the Nottingham Faculty Advisory Group on Interprofessional Education
2003 - 2004 Member of Nottingham University Widening Access Group
2004 Member of Bachelor of Medicine Programme Committee Newcastle
2004 Course co-ordinator for Reproductive Medicine, University of Newcastle
2005 Chair Assessment Working Group
2006 Chair of the Curriculum Implementation Committee for UN-UNE joint medical programme
As Head of Discipline of Reproductive medicine at Newcastle University I am the course-coordinator for the 4th year module in reproductive health.
I am a member of the Bachelor of Medicine Curriculum Committee at Newcastle and in this capacity I have a role in the development and monitoring of the medical course as a whole.
I took an active role in the development of the new Nottingham Graduate Entry Medical Course in 2003
In collaboration with Child Health I helped to set up in 2002 an exchange scheme, supported by ERASMUS, to allow 2 students from Nottingham each year to undertake their O&G training in Oslo.
I helped to develop an inter-professional education programme for midwives and doctors in Newcastle and Nottingham. The results of this work have been published in peer review medical education journals and presented at international and national meetings.
In addition to my undergraduate teaching I also lectured on taught masters courses in oncology and assisted reproduction. I contribute to the formal and informal teaching of other groups of health care workers.
I was a member of the faculty for the postgraduate diploma and Master of Science in midwifery courses at Nottingham.
I devised a graduate research methods training programme for students undertaking research based higher degrees in Nottingham. This was subsequently combined with a similar programme from another school to from the basis of the current faculty-wide graduate training programme.
I devised and supervised a Teaching fellowship programme for junior doctors in obstetrics and gynaecology based at Derby City Hospital.
I was appointed as an examiner for the MRANZCOG in 2006
Currently Head of Discipline and Course Co-ordinator for Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Newcastle. Chair of the JMP Curriculum and Assessment committees. Previous develop programmes of inter-professional learning, primary care based learning, distance learning and overseas study. I was closely involved in the setting up of a new Graduate Entry Medical programme, based at Derby in the UK and in the setting up of the JMP as co-chair of the curriculum implementation group. As well as undergraduate teaching I have taught on masters courses in oncology and assisted reproduction, introduced a graduate training programme for research students and devised a training Fellowship for obstetricians wishing to specialise in medical education. I am currently the deputy chair of the education and assessment committee of the RANZCOG and the convenor of the national oral examinations for obstetrics and gynaecology. I have edited or co-authored 3 undergraduate textbooks on obstetrics and gynaecology and have a masters degree in clinical education. Interests include
- Assessment of professional behaviour and fitness to practice
- Student Selection for medical School
- Interprofessional education
- E-portfolios in assessment