A Jaffna-born professor, Arri Coomarasamy, has been awarded an OBE in the King's Birthday Honours.

The award recognises a career committed to saving the lives of women and babies around the world.

In 2021, the UK body which produces evidence-backed guidance for healthcare professionals issued new national guidance on the use of progesterone pessaries for women with a history of recurrent miscarriage.


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Prof. Arri Coomarasamy


The guidance was based on evidence from the PRISM trial, which was led by Prof. Coomarasamy and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

He is the director of the Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research in the UK.

He is also joint director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Women’s Health and a founding trustee of Ammalife, a UK-registered charity with a global mission of reducing maternal deaths in low-income countries.


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