Prof. Manu Vatish, DPhil, is a clinical academic and practicing obstetrician at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. He sees patients in clinics as well as on the labour ward and takes full part in the on call rota for acute obstetrics at the John Radcliffe Hospital. He is also NIHR CLRN Clinical Director for the Thames Valley & South Midlands. Prof. Vatish undertook preclinical medicine at Keble College, Oxford followed by a DPhil at Brasenose College and completed clinical training at Cambridge (Queens’ College). Specialist training in obstetrics & gynaecology on the Oxford training rotation was followed by a clinical lectureship at Warwick and senior lectureship/consultant at Warwick. Fulbright and Churchill Fellowships (in New York & Yale) preceded a move back to Oxford in 2013 as Senior Clinical Fellow/Consultant in Obstetrics. Prof. Vatish’s research focuses on the hormonal signaling between the placenta and the mother and the mechanisms by this signaling can be disrupted in disease. More recently, working together with Professors Redman & Sargent he started to examine the role of placental microvesicles (small particles shed from the surface of the placenta into the maternal circulation) in insulin resistance - a common feature of preeclampsia and gestational diabetes.