Abiodun Adanikin


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    Maternal and perinatal health (in developed and developing countries), sexual and reproductive health, health inequalities, quality of care and clinical governance


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    Dr Adanikin is a physician, with specialist certification in obstetrics and gynaecology from the West African College of Surgeons (WACS) and the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN), and previously worked as a hospital consultant. He holds a Master in Public Health, and a PhD from the University of Southampton, UK. He is a maternal and perinatal health epidemiologist, and possesses extensive experience working in the field of women’s health in developed and developing countries.

    He has substantial interests in observational epidemiological research, using routine electronic health records to answer clinical questions and proffer population-based health solutions. His areas of research include long-term conditions in reproductive women, including multimorbidity; pregnancy outcomes; long-term effects of birth outcomes on mothers and babies; sexual and reproductive health; quality of maternity care; health inequalities; and clinical governance.

    Abbey was a Commonwealth Scholar, and an alumnus of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), UK. He was a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Maternal and Perinatal Health Guideline Steering Committee and had co-edited two global maternal health guideline for WHO. He is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). He is currently Postgraduate Lead at the Centre for Healthcare and Communities.  Dr Adanikin enjoys collaborating with academic colleagues both in the UK and across the globe.


    Grants, Honours, Fellowships, and awards:

    • 2023 Trailblazer Early Career Researcher and Doctoral Studentship Partnering Scheme Value: £105,500
    • 2023 Research Excellence Development Fund, Coventry University. Value: £10,000
    • 2022 Contraceptive Use Dynamics Grant – Policy, Advocacy, Communication Enhanced (PACE) Project, Population Reference Bureau, United States. Value: $1500
    • 2018 Population Reference Bureau (PRB) Policy Communication Fellowship, United State. Value: approx. $12,500
    • 2017 Parke’s Foundation Research Grant Award, United Kingdom. Value: £800
    • 2015 Commonwealth Doctoral Scholarship, United Kingdom. Value: £118,500 (including school tuition & stipends)
    • 2015 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP), Indonesia Travel Scholarship Award. Value: $7,500
    • 2014 Commonwealth Professional Fellowship, United Kingdom. Value: £11,250
    • 2013 Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF), Harvard Chan School of Public Health Travel Scholarship. Value: $5,000
    • 2012 Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine DHA Scholarship. Value: £850
    • 2012 John J. Sciarra IJGO (official FIGO journal) Best Research Article Award. Value: €1,500
    • 2012 TETFUND Nigeria International Conference Grant. Value: £1,650
    • 2002 Nigerian Federal Government Undergraduate Scholarship Award.
    • 1998 Ekiti in diaspora (United State) Undergraduate Scholarship Award



    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    Academic Practice (Higher Education), Postgraduate Certificate, PGCert, Queen Mary University of London

    Award Date: 13 Jul 2023

    Social Statistics (Maternal, Sexual and Reproductive Health), Doctorate

    Award Date: 28 Jun 2018

    Public Health, MSc

    Award Date: 28 Nov 2012

    Medicine & Surgery (MBBS), Degree

    Award Date: 8 Oct 2004

    External positions

    Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Queen Mary University of London

    Apr 2022 → …


    • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
    • Epidemiology
    • Women's Health
    • Maternity
    • Maternal and Child Health
    • RG Gynecology and obstetrics


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