Catherine Aiken, MD, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Catherine Aiken is an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Women’s Health at Dell Medical School. She is an academic clinical lecturer for Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge U.K., where she also practices in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her medical degree from the University of Cambridge, School of Clinical Medicine, where she also completed her fellowship. Aiken then went on to complete a subspecialty fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine with Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Cambridge, U.K.).

As a specialist in maternal fetal medicine, Aiken maximized her theoretical knowledge in maternal medicine by completing a membership with the Royal College of Physicians, making her an expert in the field. Her special areas of interest within the maternal fetal medicine subspecialty include fetal growth and maternal cardiovascular disease. She has received a number of honors and awards including the Pfizer President’s Award, the Winter Science Meeting Oral Plenary Prize, the Julian T. (Bill) Parer Award, and the Clinical Supervisor Prize for Teaching Excellence.

Aiken’s research is focused on the long-term impacts of an adverse intrauterine environment. Her research has been supported by grants through the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, the Academy of Medical Sciences, and the British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society Research Bursary. Her work has been published in high-impact journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Perinatology, and the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. In addition, she has co-authored a number of chapters in textbooks.

Aiken lives in Cambridge, U.K., with her husband and border collie and enjoys running, cooking and skiing in her free time.

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Research Output 2004 2018

1 Citations

Contributions of function-Altering variants in genes implicated in pubertal timing and body mass for self-limited delayed puberty

Howard, S. R., Guasti, L., Poliandri, A., David, A., Cabrera, C. P., Barnes, M. R., Wehkalampi, K., O'Rahilly, S., Aiken, C., Coll, A. P., Ma, M., Rimmington, D., Yeo, G. S. H. & Dunkel, L., Feb 1 2018, In : Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 103, 2, p. 649-659 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Delayed Puberty

Insulin-signalling dysregulation and inflammation is programmed trans-generationally in a female rat model of poor maternal nutrition

Tarry-Adkins, J. L., Aiken, C., Ashmore, T. J. & Ozanne, S. E., Dec 1 2018, In : Scientific reports. 8, 1, 4014.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Insulin Receptor Substrate Proteins
Protein-Restricted Diet
5 Citations

Maternal diet-induced obesity programmes cardiac dysfunction in male mice independently of post-weaning diet

Loche, E., Blackmore, H. L., Carpenter, A. A., Beeson, J. H., Pinnock, A., Ashmore, T. J., Aiken, C., De Almeida-Faria, J., Schoonejans, J. M., Giussani, D. A., Fernandez-Twinn, D. S. & Ozanne, S. E., Aug 1 2018, In : Cardiovascular Research. 114, 10, p. 1372-1384 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Maternal Exposure

Maternal exercise intervention in obese pregnancy improves the cardiovascular health of the adult male offspring

Beeson, J. H., Blackmore, H. L., Carr, S. K., Dearden, L., Duque-Guimarães, D. E., Kusinski, L. C., Pantaleão, L. C., Pinnock, A. G., Aiken, C. E., Giussani, D. A., Fernandez-Twinn, D. S. & Ozanne, S. E., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Molecular Metabolism.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Adult Children

Self assessment questions

Aiken, C., Jul 1 2018, In : Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine. 28, 7, p. 218-220 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate