Liley Lecture (Lectureship)

Recognizing Outstanding Contributions and Achievements in Perinatal Research

The Liley award is the society's own award and is given each year to recognize outstanding contributions and achievement in the area of perinatal research.  In the past this has been based on overall advancement of the field and often reflects more prolonged career success rather than a single cutting edge study that the named lectureships otherwise tend to support.  Intentionally there is no restriction on the precise topic or recipient to give the current President and council the maximum flexibility, and it has been awarded to both members and nonmembers of the society.

Origins of the award:

The Liley award and lectureship was established in 1985 to recognize the world renowned perinatal researcher Sir (Albert) William Liley KCMG FRSNZ; (1929 - 1983). Sir William was a New Zealand physician scientist who specialized in fetal research in utero, and was the first to overcome the problems of rhesus incompatibility in human fetal transfusions. Of note, the first recipient was Mont Liggins, another highly prominent clinician scientist who was responsible for the modern day use of steroids to treat lung prematurity.

2021, Rebecca Simmons, MD  “Perinatal Research: Life in the Fast Lane, Life in the Slow Lane”

Pictured with PRS President, Irina Burd, MD, PhD (left) and PRS Secretary, Laura Goetzl, MD (right)


Past Award Recipients:


Year Recipient Project Title
2019 Candice Fike MD - Towards effective therapies for neonatal pulmonary hypertension: A bench to bedside Journey. Treatments for infants with pulmonary hypertension associated with chronic cardiopulmonary disorders remain inadequate.
2018 Jane Harding-ONZM-MBCHB-DPHIL-FRACP-FRSNZ Glucose levels in babies: Too high-too low-too variable - and does it matter?
2017 Maureen Keller-Wood-PhD and Charles Wood-PhD Using Systems Bioloy to Understand Maternal-Fetal Physiology.
2016 Kent Thornburg - PhD Women Placentas Babies: New Insights on the Origins of Human Disease
2015 John A Widness - MD Multi-Density Red Blood Cell Labeling with Biotin: A Pretty Cool-Safe-Versatile Method for Measuring Red Cell Volume & Survival in Mammals
2014 Jennifer House - PhD Challenges in Perinatal Research: Creating a Global Scientific Agenda
2013 Sandra T Davidge - PhD Are There Interventions to Rescue a Fetal Programmed Phenotype?
2012 Lubo Zhang - PhD Developmental Programming of Ischemic Sensitive Phenotype in the Heart
2011 Kurt Albertine - PhD Epigenetic Platform Underlying Developmental and Adult Consequences of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
2010 Kirk Conrad -MD Unveiling the Vasodilatory Actions and Mechanisms of Relaxin
2009 Leslie Myatt - PhD Orchestrator or Cipher: the Placenta in Fetal Programming
2008 James M. Roberts - MD Whither Whither Toxaemia? (Whither Toxaemia revisited)
2007 Susan Fisher - PhD The human placenta: a new source of hematopoietic precursors
2006 David Haig - MD Evolution of Childhood
2005 Lowell Davis Anemia and vascular growth in the fetal heart
2004 Philip Baker - MD Pre-eclampsia: Time to translate bench to bedside:
2003 Lindsey Allan - MD FRCP Outcomes after Fetal Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Disease - Have We Made a Difference?
2002 Richard Harding - PhD The sub-optimal intrauterine environment: Implications for postnatal respiratory function
2000 Lee Adamson - PhD Hemodynamics in the fetal placental circulation
1999 Nicholas Fisk - MB PhD Etiology and treatment of twin-twin transfusion
1998 Jeffrey Robinson - FRACOG Twenty years of growth restriction
1997 Peter Nathanielsz - MD PhD Strategies for parturition: The value of comparative physiology
1996 Giacomo Meschia - MD A physiologist looks at placental amino acid metabolism and transport
1995 James Roberts - MD Wither toxaemia?  New insights on an ancient disease
1994 Peter Gluckman - MD The pathophysiology of perinatal asphyxia:  The new world of brain rescue therapies
1993 Marilyn Renfree -  PhD Prematurity personified: The newborn marsupial
1992 Christopher Redman - FRCP A two-stage model of the etiology of preeclampsia
1991 Kenneth Ryan - MD Fetal tissue research
1990 John Challis - PhD Fetal maturation and birth
1989 Paul MacDonald - MD Biomolecular events of preterm labor
1988 Richard Berkowitz - MD Invasive fetal monitoring: State of the Art
1987 Stuart Campbell - MD ChB Doppler ultrasound and cordocentesis: techniques in evaluating and improving fetal well-being
1986 Geoffrey Thornburn - PhD The mechanisms by which the fetus and membranes regulate prostaglandins in parturition
1985 Mont Liggins - MD Hormonal interactions in maturation of  the fetal lung