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Dr Jo Gullam

Jo Gullam Head of Department
Senior Lecturer

MB ChB(Leic) MD(Warw) DFFP FRANZCOG MRCOG

Jo joined the department in February 2011.

Having completed her undergraduate training at Leicester, she developed an interest in research and completed her MD thesis in Preterm Labour at Warwick University.

During her postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Jo developed a keen interest in high-risk obstetric care, maternal medicine and birth suite management, which remain the mainstay of her research interests and clinical practice today.

Jo is the birth suite lead obstetrician and takes an active role in clinical governance and evidence based guideline formulation.

Jo is actively involved in teaching within the department, in both the undergraduate and postgraduate training programmes. She has been the fifth year programme Convenor since 2012.

Jo is a dedicated foodie and likes nothing more than investigating what riches her adopted country has to offer.

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Publications

Hughes, R. C. E., Florkowski, C., & Gullam, J. E. (2018). Evaluation of the NZ guidelines for screening for persistent postpartum hyperglycaemia following gestational diabetes. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 58(4), 432-437. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12746

Hawkins, G., Gullam, J., & Belluscio, L. (2018). The effect of a major earthquake experienced during the first trimester of pregnancy on the risk of preterm birth. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12797

Hughes, R. C. E., Williman, J. A., & Gullam, J. E. (2018). Antenatal haemoglobin A1c centiles: Does one size fit all? Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 58(4), 411-416. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12738

Tarnow-Mordi, W., Morris, J., Kirby, A., Robledo, K., Askie, L., Brown, R., … Gullam, J., … for the Australian Placental Transfusion Study Collaborative Group, including Austin, N., Broadbent, R., Stitely, M., & Dawson, P. (2017). Delayed versus immediate cord clamping in preterm infants. New England Journal of Medicine, 377, 2445-2455. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1711281

Adams, F., Gillespie, C., & Gullam, J. (2017). Delivery outcomes in the extremely obese patient. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 57(Suppl. 1), (pp. 30). doi: 10.1111/ajo.12725

Journal - Research Article

Hughes, R. C. E., Florkowski, C., & Gullam, J. E. (2018). Evaluation of the NZ guidelines for screening for persistent postpartum hyperglycaemia following gestational diabetes. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 58(4), 432-437. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12746

Hughes, R. C. E., Williman, J. A., & Gullam, J. E. (2018). Antenatal haemoglobin A1c centiles: Does one size fit all? Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 58(4), 411-416. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12738

Hawkins, G., Gullam, J., & Belluscio, L. (2018). The effect of a major earthquake experienced during the first trimester of pregnancy on the risk of preterm birth. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12797

Tarnow-Mordi, W., Morris, J., Kirby, A., Robledo, K., Askie, L., Brown, R., … Gullam, J., … for the Australian Placental Transfusion Study Collaborative Group, including Austin, N., Broadbent, R., Stitely, M., & Dawson, P. (2017). Delayed versus immediate cord clamping in preterm infants. New England Journal of Medicine, 377, 2445-2455. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1711281

Jeffs, E., Haszard, J. J., Sharp, B., Gullam, J., & Paterson, H. (2016). Pregnant women lack accurate knowledge of their BMI and recommended gestational weight gain. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1439), 37-45. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Hughes, R. C. E., Williman, J., & Gullam, J. E. (2016). Universal HbA1c measurement in early pregnancy to detect type 2 diabetes reduces ethnic disparities in antenatal diabetes screening: A population-based observational study. PLoS ONE, 11(6), e0156926. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0156926

Reid, R. A., Prickett, T. C. R., Pullar, B. E., Darlow, B. A., Gullam, J. E., & Espiner, E. A. (2014). C-type natriuretic peptide in complicated pregnancy: Increased secretion precedes adverse events. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 99(4), 1470-1478. doi: 10.1210/jc.2013-3758

Hughes, R. C. E., Moore, M. P., Gullam, J. E., Mohamed, K., & Rowan, J. (2014). An early pregnancy HbA1c ≥5.9% (41 mmol/mol) is optimal for detecting diabetes and identifies women at increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. Diabetes Care, 37(11), 2953-2959. doi: 10.2337/dc14-1312

Jeffs, E., Sharp, B., Gullam, J., & Paterson, H. (2014). Weight and height measurement: Potential impact in obstetric care. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1392). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Bru-Mercier, G., Gullam, J. E., Thornton, S., Blanks, A. M., & Shmygol, A. (2012). Characterization of the tissue-level Ca2+ signals in spontaneously contracting human myometrium. Journal of Cell & Molecular Biology, 16(12), 2990-3000. doi: 10.1111/j.1582-4934.2012.01626.x

Gullam, J. E., Blanks, A. M., Thornton, S., & Shmygol, A. (2009). Phase-plot analysis of the oxytocin effect on human myometrial contractility. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology & Reproductive Biology, 144(Suppl. 1), S20-S24. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2009.02.020

Shmygol, A., Blanks, A. M., Bru-Mercier, G., Gullam, J. E., & Thornton, S. (2007). Control of uterine Ca2+ by membrane voltage: Toward understanding the excitation—contraction coupling in human myometrium. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1101, 97-109. doi: 10.1196/annals.1389.031

Chatterjee, J., Gullam, J., Vatish, M., & Thornton, S. (2007). The management of preterm labour. Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal & Neonatal Edition, 92, F88-F93. doi: 10.1136/adc.2005.082289

Shmygol, A., Gullam, J., Blanks, A., & Thornton, S. (2006). Multiple mechanisms involved in oxytocin-induced modulation of myometrial contractility. Acta Pharmacologica Sinica, 27(7), 827-832. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7254.2006.00393.x

Gullam, J. E., Chatterjee, J., & Thornton, S. (2005). Preterm labour: Novel treatments. Drug Discovery Today: Therapeutic Strategies, 2(1), 47-52. doi: 10.1016/j.ddstr.2005.05.023

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Journal - Research Other

Hughes, R. C. E., Moore, M. P., Gullam, J. E., & Rowan, J. (2015). [Response to comment on Hughes et al]. Diabetes Care, 38(6), e93. doi: 10.2337/dc15-0401

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Adams, F., Gillespie, C., & Gullam, J. (2017). Delivery outcomes in the extremely obese patient. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 57(Suppl. 1), (pp. 30). doi: 10.1111/ajo.12725

De Silva, S., Adams, F., & Gullam, J. (2017). Accuracy of estimated fetal weight measurement in the extremely obese. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 57(Suppl. 1), (pp. 25). doi: 10.1111/ajo.12724

Jeffs, E., Gullam, J., Sharp, B., & Paterson, H. (2012). Women's knowledge and perceptions of the risks of excess weight in pregnancy. BJOG, 119(Suppl. 1), (pp. 120-121). doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2012.03376.x

Jeffs, E., Gullam, J., Sharp, B., & Paterson, H. (2012). Women's perception of BMI and understanding of weight gain in pregnancy guidelines. BJOG, 119(Suppl. s1), (pp. 43). doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2012.03376.x

Gullam, J. E., Blanks, A. M., Thornton, S., & Shmygol, A. (2008). Oxytocin-induced myometrial contractions in the presence of nifedipine: What is the mechanism? Reproductive Sciences, 15(1 (Suppl.)), 192, (pp. 116A). doi: 10.1177/19337191080150020102

Gullam, J. E., Blanks, A. M., & Thornton, S. (2008). Oxytocin-induced myometrial contractions in the presence of nifedipine. BJOG, 115(1), (pp. 123). doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2007.01575.x

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Hughes, R., Gullam, J., Florkowski, C., & Yi, M. (2017, May). Evaluation of the latest NZ guidelines for screening for persistent postpartum hyperglycaemia following gestational diabetes. Poster session presented at the New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD) Annual Scientific Meeting, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Gullam, J. E., Williman, J., & Hughes, R. C. E. (2016, September). HBA1C reference range in pregnanacy: Are observed ethnic differences simply a reflection of blood glucose control? Poster session presented at the 10th Athens Congress on Women's Health and Disease: Preconceptions to Menopause, Athens, Greece.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Hughes, R. C. E., Williman, J., & Gullam, J. (2016, May). HbA1c reference-range in pregnancy: Observed ethnic differences may simply reflect blood glucose levels. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD) Annual Scientific Meeting, Rotorua, New Zealand.

Hughes, R., Gullam, J., Rowan, J., & Moore, M. P. (2014, July). An HbA1c of 41-46 mmol/mol (5.0-6.4%) at booking is associated with an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society and Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (ADIPS - SOMANZ) Joint Scientific Meeting, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Hughes, R., Moore, P., Gullam, J., & Rowan, J. (2013, May). STEP: Screening for Type 2 diabetes in Early Pregnancy. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD) Annual Scientific Meeting, Napier, New Zealand.

Hughes, R., Moore, M. P., Gullam, J., & Rowan, J. (2013, October). First trimester HbA1c measurements to detect overt diabetes at booking: A prospective cohort study. Verbal presentation at the Diabetic Pregnancy Study Group (DPSG) 45th Annual Meeting, St Julians, Malta.

Hughes, R., Moore, P., & Gullam, J. (2012, August-September). STEP: Screening for Type 2 diabetes in Early Pregnancy. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society (ADIPS) Annual Scientific Meeting, Gold Coast, Australia.

Hughes, R., Gullam, J., & Moore, P. (2012, October). STEP: Screening for Type 2 diabetes in Early Pregnancy. Verbal presentation at the Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (SOMANZ) Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney, Australia.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Gullam, J. E. (2011). Analysis of mechanisms mediating the oxytocin-induced stimulation of human myometrium (MD). University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.

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