Manchester Statistical Society



A forum for the discussion of social and economic issues.

Are you interested in social and economic issues? In listening to expert speakers and having the opportunity to question them?
If so, the Manchester Statistical Society could suit you! We hold regular meetings, from autumn through to spring, on topical issues of concern to contemporary society and addressed by experts in the field. We cover a range of subjects, including health, education, transport, the economy, industry and finance, discussed free from party politics. Our meetings are not of a technical statistical nature but are designed for a generalist audience. New members are very welcome.
The meetings take place at 5.30pm in the Cathedral Visitors Centre, 10 Cateaton Street, Manchester M3 1SQ.
Members can, if they wish, stay for dinner with the speaker, which provides a further opportunity for informal discussion.
We publish written versions of the talks in the Society's Transactions, which are issued free to members.
The Society was founded in 1833 by a group of Mancunians concerned about the state of society as urbanization and industrialization developed, and they carried out research with a view to influencing government policy. It is one of the oldest statistical societies in the world. Find out more about our history here. Our meetings today continue the theme of discussing social and economic issues.
We also operate the Campion Fund, which has funding available to support small research projects.
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Our next meeting
The next meeting of the Society is the second meeting of the 2015/16 session, at 5.30pm on Tuesday 8 December. It is at the Manchester Cathedral Visitor Centre, 10 Cateaton Street, Manchester, M3 1SQ.
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Our speaker is Colin Sibley, Professor of Child Health and Physiology, University of Manchester.
His topic is "Finding Solutions to Pregnancy Problems".
Stillbirth occurs in 1/200 pregnancies in the UK, a rate that has not changed for over 20 years, and which translates to around 4000 babies dying each year. At the present time the obstetrician has no method of determining exactly which pregnancies are at risk of stillbirth. In about 50% of cases the cause of stillbirth is fetal growth restriction (FGR), the baby not growing as it should in the uterus. Underlying FGR and stillbirth is a placenta that is not functioning correctly, i.e., it is dysfunctional. Professor Sibley’s research, and the main topic of this presentation, is work in the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre to understand better how the placenta works and discover what goes wrong when it becomes dysfunctional. He will also describe how this information is being used to develop new tools to diagnose the dysfunctional placenta and to find ways to treat it and so prevent FGR and stillbirth.

Colin Sibley has been on the academic staff of the University of Manchester since 1982, and was appointed to a personal chair in 1997. In 2001 he was appointed Research Dean in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Pharmacy.

Colin has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers, currently holds several major grants from the Medical Research Council, The Wellcome Trust, Department of Health and other AMRC charities, and leads his own group of 20 researchers, and over 70 scientists and support staff.
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