About Anne Anderson

About Anne Anderson

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Anne qualified in medicine at Aberdeen University in 1960 and was awarded her MD in 1965 for her work on the control of parturition, one of her long-term major interests. She subsequently moved to the Tenovus Institute in Cardiff with Prof Alexander Turnbull with whom she had been working in Aberdeen. In 1970 she was appointed clinical lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Welsh National School of medicine, and while there, she was awarded her Ph.D. in 1972 for her studies on adrenal steroid metabolising enzymes involved in parturition in sheep. When Alec Turnbull was appointed to the Nuffield Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Oxford in 1973, Anne moved with him and was appointed clinical lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology in Oxford. In 1978 she was appointed University Lecturer at the University and Honorary Consultant In Clinical Reproductive Physiology in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. She was also appointed a fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford.

In Oxford, Anne continued her studies investigating the mechanism of parturition in sheep and humans and expanded her interests using her specialised knowledge exploring other clinical problems including the causes and management of preterm labour and those involving gynaecological endocrinology and infertility. She started one of the first menopause clinics in Oxford, which became famous throughout the country. As well as her laboratory and clinical work, she served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Endocrinologyand theBritish Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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Anne Anderson is cited in 1981 as Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

In 1980, Anne was elected chairman of the Blair Bell Research Society, and in 1981 she was elected to the Fellowship ad eundem of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London in recognition of her enormous contribution to the specialty.

Anne was greatly admired and regarded particularly by her students and colleagues in Oxford and adored by her patients from all over the country. She was also highly regarded by many in the scientific and clinical community nationally and internationally. She successfully applied her laboratory skills and scientific knowledge to the elucidation and understanding of many clinical problems, particularly those relating to medical gynaecology. She had a considerable warmth, sensitivity and gentleness, and was never too busy to give help and advice to the most junior of her colleagues and her students. She encouraged and assisted many doctoral students over the years and was very sadly missed following her premature death.

-Ian McKenzie

February 2014

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