February 2024

Breaking News in PCOS Research

Image shows logo for Verity the PCOS charity and DAISy-PCOS a research project. The date of the webinar is shown as 5th February 2024.

On the evening of February 5th 2024, IMSR colleague Dr Caroline Gillett will share a case study in public engagement at this upcoming webinar hosted in collaboration with Verity – The UK PCOS charity. You can find out more and sign up here:

8th Annual Pituitary Patient Open Morning 

Photo of a lecture hall full of people, taken from the back so that only the speakers at the front of the lecture hall are visible. These speakers are Dr Niki Karavitaki and patient Danielle who are there talking about their experiences and giving a joint presentation on a video screen which displays images of Danielle at different stages of her patient journey

Saturday 24 February 2024, 9:30-12:30.

Patient and Public Engagement event organised by the Birmingham Pituitary team. There will be presentations and interactive discussions on pituitary conditions by the team. In the Public and Patient Engagement session, research findings and unmet needs in pituitary research and the pituitary service will be discussed. To book your place, please contact the Endocrine Team on 0121-371 6950 or e-mail

March 2024

For Women’s Awareness Month IMSR has several activities planned and you are invited!

Women Health Patient and Public Involvement Framework Consensus Workshops

women and men from diverse ethnicities stood together to show support foe gender equity

Over March 5 & 6th

We are inviting a range of global stakeholders interested in women’s health to take part in an online (Zoom) consensus workshop taking place over two sessions across two days. Each session will be repeated twice (once in the morning and once in the afternoon) to facilitate involvement of those living in other timezones. Simply pick whether you would prefer to join in the morning or afternoon of each day. We welcome those doing research, charity work, community engagement and advocacy in women’s health across the globe. The session intends to be interactive so you can help shape our future steps we work towards a global framework for patient and public involvement in women’s health. If you are interested, please contact Caroline Gillett before February 20th, as she can tell you more about what to expect and how to register.

On March 8th:

IWD2024: Inspiring inclusion in women’s health research to tackle health inequalities to tackle health inequalities

Join University of Birmingham this Friday 8th March 2024 (12-2pm) for a friendly and interactive workshop exploring how we can make change together to tackle health inequalities for women. You can join us in-person from 11:45am with pre-event networking and refreshments or online from 12 noon.

This year’s IWD theme asks us to #InspireInclusion by investing in actions to achieve gender equity. A clear example of where action and investment are needed is in women’s health – as women still face astonishing health inequalities even now. But why is this the case?

  • Women’s health research has been historically underfunded. This needs to change to catalyse the next generation of breakthroughs that will improve and save the lives of countless women. Recently US President Biden revealed new funding in this area.
  • Women have been underrepresented in research. More women from a wider range of backgrounds need to be incentivised to take part in research and they should also have a voice in shaping future research partnerships to ensure relevance and impact.
  • Women’s intersectionality in health matters too. Ethnicity and other factors can influence health outcomes for women. For example, Black and Asian women are more likely to die in childbirth compared to white women, so we cannot ignore this.

We will be joined by inspiring women scientists and doctors who are researching women’s health both here in the UK and globally. Lived experience representation will be at the heart of our event, as we are joined by women who will share their personal stories and hopes for the future research.

This event will also offer opportunity for you to also share your views through interactive voting activities, small group discussions and audience Q&A with speakers.

The event is open to all! As we are planning future research projects in these areas, we are especially keen to encourage women with experience of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, high blood pressure or baby loss. Your views will help us prioritise and plan our next steps.

To help us plan activities as effectively as possible, we need to know numbers attending both in person and online. Therefore, please do RSVP as soon as you can, details below.

Friday 8th March 2024 (International Women’s Day)

To attend online using Zoom, register now:

To register to attend in person (Medical School Stanley Barnes Room) please sign up here:

See a list of our previous events here