Professor Jean Calleja-Agius graduated as a Doctor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Malta in 1999. She further specialised in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, both locally and at University College London Hospital (UCLH). She obtained her Memberships of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, on her first attempt in 2005.
From an early stage in her career, Professor Calleja-Agius showed a keen interest in research and teaching on all aspects of anatomy, particularly embryology and reproductive sciences. She was appointed as Assistant Lecturer in 2000, and since then has been teaching medical students, post-graduate trainees and other health professionals. She organised the first Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) UK in Malta in July 2011 for training obstetricians and midwives. She obtained a distinction in her MSc in Clinical Embryology at the University of Leeds, under the supervision of Prof Helen Picton.
She has numerous peer-reviewed research articles published in international high impact journals. She obtained her PhD (without corrections) at University College London (UCL) in February 2012. The title of her thesis is 'The Role of Pro- and Anti-inflammatory Cytokines in Early Pregnancy'. Her research involved investigation of the association between systemic and placental cytokines and miscarriages in human pregnancy. Her research supervisors were Professor Eric Jauniaux (UCL) and Dr Shanthi Muttukrishna (UCL/UCC), and the PhD examiners were Prof Lesley Regan from Imperial College (London) and Prof Siobhan Quenby from University of Warwick, who are all world authorities in the field of miscarriages and pregnancy complications.
The current research interests of Prof Calleja-Agius are embryology and reproductive medicine, particularly recurrent miscarriages and infertility.
2012: Best Abstract, 15th ISGE Congress, Florence
2010: Best Abstract in Under-34 Competition, 14th ISGE Congress,
2009: Green Armytage Travel Bursary (RCOG)
2008: Overseas Fund Travel Award (RCOG)
2007: Travel Award for the 31st British International Congress of
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
2006: Ethicon Travel Award (RCOG)
2005: Chancellorâ€™s Award (UOM)
2003: Best Oral Presentation 5th Maltese Medical School
Brincat, M., Calleja-Agius, J., Erel, C.T., Gambacciani, M., Lambrinoudaki, I., Moen, M.H., Schenck-Gustafsson, K., Tremollieres, F., Vujovic, S., Rees, M. & Rozenberg, S. 2011, "EMAS position statement: Bone densitometry screening for osteoporosis", Maturitas, vol. 68, no. 1, pp. 98-101.
Calleja-Agius, J., Muttukrishna, S., Pizzey, A.R. & Jauniaux, E. 2011, "Pro-and Anti-inflammatory Cytokines in Threatened Miscarriages", American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, .
Calleja-Agius, J., Muttukrishna, S. & Jauniaux, E. 2011, "The effect of coelomic fluid on the production of cytokines by the first trimester human placenta", Placenta, .
Calleja-Agius, J., Muttukrishna, S., Pizzey, A.R. & Jauniaux, E. 2011, "Pro- and antiinflammatory cytokines in threatened miscarriages", American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, .
Muttukrishna, S., Swer, M., Suri, S., Jamil, A., Calleja-Agius, J., Gangooly, S., Ludlow, H., Jurkovic, D. & Jauniaux, E. 2011, "Soluble Flt-1 and PlGF: New Markers of Early Pregnancy Loss?", PloS one, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. e18041.
Calleja-Agius, J. & Brincat, M.P. 2009, "Effects of hormone replacement therapy on connective tissue: why is this important?", Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 121-127.
Calleja-Agius, J., Muttukrishna, S. & Jauniaux, E. 2009, "Role of TNF-in human female reproduction", Expert Review of Endocrinology and Metabolism, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 273-282.
Calleja-Agius, J. & Brincat, M.P. 2009, "Effects of hormone replacement therapy on connective tissue: why is this important?", Best practice & research.Clinical obstetrics & gynaecology, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 121-127.
Calleja-Agius, J. & Brincat, M.P. 2008, "Hormone replacement therapy post Women's Health Initiative study: where do we stand?", Current opinion in obstetrics & gynecology, vol. 20, no. 6, pp. 513-518.
Calleja-Agius, J., O'Brien, P., Iskaros, J. & Calleja, N. 2006, "Pyomyoma", Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology : the journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 26, no. 7, pp. 709-710.
Cuschieri, A., Said, E. & Calleja-Agius, J. 2004, "Defect in dorso-ventral patterning, asplenia, and conotruncus in a spontaneously aborted fetus", Fetal and pediatric pathology, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 265-274.