Science Talks // An Educational Webinar Series for Journalists organized with Wiley

In situations when reporters are uncertain about sources or interpreting the science is where the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) can help! The WFSJ provides ongoing training and support for new and seasoned reporters around the world. In partnership with Wiley, we are pleased to introduce to 10,000 science journalists globally and to everyone who is interested in a new series of webinars called Science Talks that are brought to you by The Wiley Network.


Science Talks with

the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists:

The Latest Research in Women’s Health

 Tuesday, November 19, 2019,

at 11:00 am ET/16:00 pm GMT.

Science Talks is an educational webinar series for journalists presented by Wiley in partnership with the WFSJ and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). These complimentary, one-hour sessions are hosted by Wiley to provide journalists with on-going training in science topics of particular global importance. Register for Science Talks here!.

Journalists covering women’s health, obstetrics and gynaecology, pediatrics and general health science who attend this webinar will find out about:

  • The latest research concerning pre-conception health and maternal health in pregnancy
  • Which preventive measures help reduce pregnancy complications such as stillbirth
  • The importance of the female microbiome in obstetrics and gynaecology and new areas of research in this field
  • The problems in diagnosing and managing endometriosis and pelvic pain and new research into these areas
  • Expert sources and evidence to use in news stories about women’s health


Journalists who register to attend Science Talks on 19 November will be able to request  three embargoed papers from the BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. The papers will be available immediately following the Science Talk and are scheduled for publication at 00.01 hrs ET, November 21, 2019. Contact to request the papers.

  1. Perinatal outcomes following bariatric surgery between a first and second pregnancy: a population data linkage study
  2. Restrictive versus routine episiotomy among Southeast Asian term pregnancies: a multicentre randomised controlled trial
  3. The vaginal metabolome and microbiota of cervical HPV-positive and HPV-negative women: a cross-sectional analysis


Mike Marsh, MD FRCOG, Editor-in-Chief, BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr Mike Marsh is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at King’s College Hospital, London, Honorary Senior Lecturer, King’s College School of Medicine, London, and UK representative for the FIGO Ethics Committee. He is a Past Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. He has clinical and research interests in high risk pregnancy, psychiatric disease in pregnancy, neurological disease in pregnancy, diabetes in pregnancy, gynaecological neuroendocrinology and survivorship management in women with breast cancer. He has other responsibilities and publications in the field of medical ethics, undergraduate and postgraduate education, training and examination. His special interests include: Obstetrics (diabetes, neurology, psychiatric disease, maternal medicine), menopause, osteoporosis, gynaecological neuroendocrinology and survivorship management in women with breast cancer.

Alexander Heazell, PhD MRCOG, Clinical Director, Tommy’s Stillbirth Research Centre

Alexander Heazell, PhD MRCOG, Clinical Director, Tommy’s Stillbirth Research Centre

Alexander Heazell is a Professor of Obstetrics and Director of the Tommy’s Stillbirth Research Centre, University of Manchester in the UK and Honorary Consultant Obstetrician at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester. His research portfolio includes basic science, clinical and qualitative research studies to gain better understanding in order to prevent stillbirth and improve care for parents after stillbirth. He has received over £3.7M of grant income and has published over 160 research papers. He led the Stillbirth Priority Setting Partnership, co-led the 2016 Lancet Ending Preventable Stillbirth Series and was the lead investigator for the national evaluation of the Saving Babies Lives programme.


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The previous webinar:

Science Talks with

the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

about Suicide Prevention and Awareness

on the World Suicide Prevention Day

Tuesday, September 10, 2019. 11:00am ET

Media interested in learning more about Suicide Prevention and Awareness to inform their reporting should attend. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of:

  • The prevalence and significance of suicidal and self-harm behaviour in young people.
  • Key risk factors for suicide and self-harm behaviour.
  • Diverse evidence-based and evidence-informed suicide preventive interventions.
  • How journalists can best report on suicide/self-harm to strengthen suicide prevention.

The webinar will include time for questions and answers.

NOTE: Science Talks webinars are recorded for on-demand viewing, just click here.


Dr. Dennis Ougrin, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Dr. Ougrin graduated from a medical school in Ukraine in 1998 and came to England to undertake his post-graduate training. He completed his higher training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Guy’s and Maudsley and is currently a consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist leading the Enhanced Treatment Service at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Dr. Ougrin is also a Reader in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Global Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. He leads a programme of information exchange between the UK and Ukraine. His main professional interests include prevention of Borderline Personality Disorder and effective interventions for self-harm. He is the author of Therapeutic Assessment, a novel model of assessment for young people with self-harm. He is the chief investigator of a randomised controlled trial of Supported Discharge Service versus Treatment as Usual in adolescents admitted for in-patient care and a principal investigator of a randomised controlled trial comparing intensive mental health intervention versus usual social care in Looked After Children. He also works on developing a modular psychotherapeutic intervention for self-harm and on understanding the pathophysiology of self-harm in young people.

Dr. Joan Asarnow, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioural Sciences UCLA


Dr. Joan Asarnow is a Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA and Director of a SAMHSA-funded Center for Trauma-Informed Suicide, Self-Harm, and Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention (ASAP Center). At UCLA, Dr. Asarnow directs the UCLA Youth Stress and Mood Program, a depression and suicide prevention program with clinical, educational, and research components. Dr. Asarnow has led efforts to develop and disseminate evidence-based treatments for youth suicide and suicide attempt prevention and depression. She received the 2017 Research Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for her work developing and evaluating treatment and service delivery strategies for youths suffering with suicidal and self-harm behaviors. Two programs developed by Dr. Asarnow were listed in the National Registry for Evidence-Based Programs (SAMHSA): 1) the Family Intervention for Suicide Prevention, a crisis treatment for youths after a suicidal/self-harm episode; and 2) Depression Treatment Quality Improvement, an evidence-based depression treatment program that has been integrated within primary care, mental health, and other settings. Dr. Asarnow has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, Centers for Disease Control, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and other organizations. She currently serves on the Scientific Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation.

ACAMH (The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health)

Our vision is ‘Sharing best evidence, improving practice’. We aspire to become a major portal access point for anyone seeking the most expertly digested understanding, and interpretations, of the best evidence available. We aim to raise standards in the understanding and management of CYP mental health issues through our journals (JCPP & CAMH), our CPD events, and our online content. Visit