Dr Simon Riley

Simon-RileyJob title:
Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Non-Clinical)

Contact Details:
Telephone: +44 (0)131 242 6423
Fax: +44 (0)131 242 2686
Email: Simon.C.Riley@ed.ac.uk

Research Interests

I have two main, although quite different, research interests

1. The role and the control of signalling pathways in the placenta and fetal membranes, at the interface with the mothers uterus and cervix, for the maintenance of pregnancy and then to control the timing of the initiation and maintenance of labour.

2. In medical education, the role, value and delivery of the Student Selected Components (SSCs), the choice elements in the MBChB medical curriculum


Research Administration

Edinburgh Reproductive Tissue Bio Bank (ERTBB) Manager and Designated Individual

Teaching Administration

Programme Director – MSc by Research in Reproductive Sciences (see: http://www.crh.ed.ac.uk/phd-msc-courses/)

Deputy Programme Director – Reproductive Biology Honours

Director for Student Selected Components (SSCs; choice element embedded
throughout MBChB medicine programme)(see: https://www.eemec.med.ed.ac.uk/pages/sscs)

Co-Director of the ‘Evidence-Based Medicine and Research’ Programme Theme in the MBChB medicine programme (see: https://www.eemec.med.ed.ac.uk/curriculum/themes/evidence-based-medicine-and-research)

Member of MBChB Programme Committee

Course Organiser for SSC4 (Project medical students undertake in 4th year)

Senior Tutor for Postgraduate Taught in School of Clinical Sciences

Personal Tutor for Medicine

Recent Publications

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Research in Reproductive Biology

Frew L, Sugiarto NU, Rajagopal SP, He J, Leask R, Norman JE, Riley SC, Stock SJ (2013) The effect of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on the inflammatory response of the amnion. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids 89, 221-5.

Ramaesh T, Ramaesh K, Riley SC, West JD, Dhillon B (2012) Effects of N-acetylcysteine on matrix metalloproteinase-9 secretion and cell migration of human corneal epithelial cells. Eye 26, 1138-44.

Logie JJ, Denison FC, Riley SC, Ramaesh T, Forbes S, Norman JE, Reynolds RM (2012) Evaluation of kisspeptin levels in obese pregnancy as a biomarker for pre-eclampsia. Clinical Endocrinology 76, 887-893.

Maiti K, Paul JW, Read M, Chan EC, Riley SC, Smith R. (2011) G1-activated membrane estrogen receptors mediate increased contractility of the human myometrium. Endocrinology 152, 2448-55.

Oddsdóttir C, Riley SC, Leask R, Darren J. Shaw DJ, Aurich C, Palm F, Fowden AL, Ricketts SW, Watson ED. (2011) Dynamics of activities of matrix metalloproteinases-9 and -2, and the tissue inhibitors of MMPs in fetal fluid compartments during gestation and at parturition in the mare. Theriogenology 75, 1130-1138.

Roberts KA, Riley SC, Reynolds RM, Evans MJ, Statham AR, Hor K, Barr SM, Jabbour HN, Norman JE, Denison FC. (2011) Placental structure and inflammation in pregnancies associated with obesity. Placenta 32, 247-254.

Stock SJ, Duthie L, Tremaine T, Calder AA, Kelly RW, Riley SC. (2009) Elafin (SKALP / Trappin-2 / proteinase inhibitor-3) is produced by the cervix in pregnancy and cervicovaginal levels are diminished in bacterial vaginosis. Reproductive Sciences 16, 1125-1134.

RA Armstrong, Reynolds RM, Leask R, Shearing CH, Calder AA, Riley SC. (2009) Decreased serum levels of kisspeptin in early pregnancy are associated with intra-uterine growth restriction and pre-eclampsia. Prenatal Diagnosis 29, 982-985.

Research in Medical Education

Riley SC, Murphy MJ. (2013) Student choice in the undergraduate curriculum: Student selected components. Chapter 5. pp50-62.  In: Oxford Textbook of Medical Education (Ed) K Walsh. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

Riley SC, Morton J, Ray DC, Swann DG, Davidson DJ (2013) An integrated model for developing research skills in an undergraduate medical curriculum: Appraisal of an approach using student selected components.  Perspectives in Medical Education 2, 230-247.

Integrating the Research Component in Medical Education in Europe. The IRCOMED project Medical Education in Europe 2 (MEDINE2) (2013).  Pan-European Bologna Process policy document. Editor. http://medine2.com/Public/package_07.html

MacDougall M, Riley SC. (2010) Integrating undergraduate medical students into communities of research practise: What do supervisors recommend? BMC Medical Education 10, 83.

Riley SC. (2009) Student Selected Components (SSCs): AMEE Guide No 46. Medical Teacher. 31, 885-894.

Riley SC, Gibbs TJ, Ferrell WR, Nelson PR, WCS Smith, Murphy MJ. (2009)  Getting the most out of Student Selected Components: Twelve tips for participating students. Medical Teacher 31, 895-902.

Ogle S, Glasier A, Riley SC (2008).  Communication between parents and their children about sexual health.Contraception 77, 283-8.

Riley SC, Ferrell WR, Gibbs TJ, Murphy MJ, WCS Smith. (2008)  Twelve tips for developing and sustaining a programme of student selected components. Medical Teacher 30, 370-6.

MacDougall M, Riley SC, Cameron HC, McKinstry BH. (2008) Halos and horns in the assessment of undergraduate medical students: A consistency-based approach. The Journal of Applied Quantitative Methods 3, 116-128.

External Examiner


  • Student Selected Components Programme – University of Cork, Eire


  • Masters by Research in Maternal and Fetal Health, University of Manchester
  • Student Selected Components Programme St. George’s Medical School, University of London
  • Student Selected Components – Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Student Selected Components – University of Wales, Cardiff
Updated 19 April, 2014