The maternal fetal medicine team at St George’s, led by Professor Asma Khalil, won an award at the 28th World Congress of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology last month.

The team were awarded for their research on twin pregnancies complicated by selective fetal growth restriction. The research focuses on the risk of stillbirth in the twin pregnancies where one twin is much smaller than the co-twin.

Professor Asma Khalil defines the outcome of these pregnancies according to whether the difference of the size of the twins becomes apparent at a very early stage or a late stage in pregnancy.

The team also investigated the risk of developing twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome – a rare but life-threatening condition that affects 10 to 15 percent of identical twins that share a placenta – in these pregnancies and whether the risk of perinatal death can be predicted.

The congress, which was attended by more than 2000 delegates from around the world, took place in Singapore and included presentations from world-renowned speakers on the most up-to-date research.

Professor Asma Khalil, Consultant Obstetrician and Multiple Birth Lead at St George’s, said: “It’s fantastic that we were awarded for our research at such a prestigious congress.

She added: “Being internationally recognised is great and helps to keep St George’s at the forefront of maternal fetal medicine research.”