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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

Harcourt, E., Bering, J., & Gullam, J. (2021). Opposition to abortion related to inaccurate beliefs about fetal pain perception in utero. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13356

Jeffs, E., Williman, J., Brunton, C., Gullam, J., & Walls, T. (2020). Pregnant women's knowledge of, and adherence to, New Zealand Food Safety in Pregnancy guidelines. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1525), 41-52. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Jeffs, E., Williman, J., Brunton, C., Gullam, J., & Walls, T. (2020). The epidemiology of listeriosis in pregnant women and children in New Zealand from 1997 to 2016: An observational study. BMC Public Health, 20, 116. doi: 10.1186/s12889-020-8221-z

Walls, T., Jeffs, E., Gullam, J., Brunton, C., & Williman, J. (2019). The epidemiology of listeriosis in pregnant women and children in New Zealand from 1997 to 2016: An observational study. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID). Retrieved from https://espidmeeting.org

Hawkins, G., Gullam, J., & Belluscio, L. (2019). 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, 59(1), 82-88. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12797

Harcourt, E., Bering, J., & Gullam, J. (2021). Opposition to abortion related to inaccurate beliefs about fetal pain perception in utero. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13356

Journal - Research Article

Jeffs, E., Williman, J., Brunton, C., Gullam, J., & Walls, T. (2020). Pregnant women's knowledge of, and adherence to, New Zealand Food Safety in Pregnancy guidelines. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1525), 41-52. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Jeffs, E., Williman, J., Brunton, C., Gullam, J., & Walls, T. (2020). The epidemiology of listeriosis in pregnant women and children in New Zealand from 1997 to 2016: An observational study. BMC Public Health, 20, 116. doi: 10.1186/s12889-020-8221-z

Journal - Research Article

Hawkins, G., Gullam, J., & Belluscio, L. (2019). 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, 59(1), 82-88. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12797

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Other

Walls, T., Jeffs, E., Gullam, J., Brunton, C., & Williman, J. (2019). The epidemiology of listeriosis in pregnant women and children in New Zealand from 1997 to 2016: An observational study. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID). Retrieved from https://espidmeeting.org

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

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Jeffs, E., Williman, J., Gullam, J., Brunton, C., & Walls, T. (2018, December). The epidemiology of listeriosis in pregnant women and children in New Zealand from 1997 to 2016: An observational study. Poster session presented at the 4th One Health Aotearoa (OHA) Symposium, Wellington, New Zealand.

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.

Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

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.

Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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

Awarded Doctoral Degree

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