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Dame Hilda Lloyd Network is a Women's Health research network based in the West Midlands.

We aim to bring together researchers, clinicians and medical students to work towards improving the health of women and children through multi-disciplinary research embedded within excellent clinical care. The objectives of the network include: providing opportunities to develop new research collaborations; embedding Patient and Public Involvement in current and planned research; and promoting Women's Health via outreach and public engagement activities. The network also offers peer-to-peer and junior-senior mentoring in research methodology and careers.



Dr Dame Hilda Nora Lloyd was the first woman to be elected as president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1949 and in doing so became the first female president of any UK medical royal college. 

Born in Birmingham, she attended King Edward VI High School in Edgbaston and graduated from Medicine at the University of Birmingham in 1916. 

Dame Hilda Lloyd pioneered the obstetrical ‘flying squad’ which were crucial in saving the lives of mothers and babies, particularly in deprived areas of Birmingham. She also founded the Women’s Visiting Gynaecological Club which encouraged women to enter the speciality and provided support and mentorship to encourage new female clinicians. 

The Women’s Health Research Network is in her memory.

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