Vanessa Kay

+44(0)1382 381636
Co-Director of Dundee Institute of Healthcare Simulation (procedural skills)

Other

She works as part of the Scottish Collaboration on Surgical Simulation to help develop strategy to implement Improving Surgical Training. As a lead on ELearning for the RCOG, she is developing new online tutorial packages in reproductive medicine. She worked as part of the Scottish National Fertility Group to develop new guidelines for access to assisted conception. In her engagement with the Medical Schools Assessment Council Alliance, she was involved in designing and validating SBA questions for a National Exam question bank. Dundee Institute of Healthcare Simulation: https://dihs.dundee.ac.uk/ MSc Human Clinical Embryology and Assisted Conception: https://www.dundee.ac.uk/study/pg/human-clinical-embryology-assisted-conception/ The following are recent examples of media exposure related to Dr Kays work in Surgical Simulation. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/728106/new-dundee-medical-centre-to-feature-robot-doctors-and-vr-headsets/ https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16889750.the-robot-will-see-you-now-dundee-leading-way-with-robotic-surgery-training/ Radio https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/m0000dzh Television https://player.stv.tv/episode/3p3f/stv-news-dundee/

Biography

Dr Vanessa Kay is the Director of Surgical Skills within the Dundee Institute of Healthcare Simulation, leading on the development of innovative surgical simulation training. Through-out her career, she have developed an increasing role in developing and delivering high quality medical education, having obtained a Masters in Medical Education in 2012. She was the teaching lead in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and lead for undergraduate medical formative assessment over the last 8 years. Having worked as a consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in NHS Tayside for over 13 years, she continues to work as a general gynaecologist, with specialist interest in reproductive medicine and pelvic floor dysfunction. She is a co-lead for an MSc in Human Clinical Embryology Reproduction and Assisted Conception, having obtained an MD and continuing to actively contribute to research in this field.

Research

She is involved in liaising between the NHS and University in developing research and teaching, across various areas. In surgical simulation, she is involved in supporting a Masters in Surgical Simulation, supporting research in medtech developments and modules in MMEd programme. In reproductive medicine she supports research in the following current areas: (1) Examination of calcium signaling pathways and responses in spermatozoa as indicators of reproductive potential; (2) Examination of pluripotency in embryos and embryonic stem cells; (3) Use of drug discovery to identify leading candidates to enhance gamete function. She is involved in the co-supervision of SCRED lecturers and a number of MSc and BMSc students. She is an invited editor for Human Reproduction and the European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care and has co-authored chapters for books on the subjects of donor insemination and obesity and male infertility. She is involved as the local supervisor for various multicentre studies. She is currently the lead for the RCOG on ELearning, developing a package of tutorials in reproductive medicine and a reviewer for the RCOG on various guidelines including the management of ovarian hyperstimulation and exercise in pregnancy, premenstrual tension, and have been a contributor to the Standards for the Menopause Service.

Conference/Lectures

Recent lectures have included the Dow Memorial Lectures on Transforming Lives Through Anatomy and Research Symposium at Herriott Watt on Improving Healthcare through Simulation.

Teaching

Since becoming a consultant at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, her role in medical education has increased and diversified. She was previously the lead Convenor for Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Phase Convenor of the Cumulative Assessment Programme (from 2004-2018). She has been involved in designing, delivering and evaluating assessment for the MRCOG Part II, having been a member of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG) assessment committee since 2008 until 2015. Since September 2016. She is the lead for developing online tutorials to support the RCOG advanced training modules in Subfertility and Reproductive Medicine (2016 to current), with 4 tutorials published to date. She was an external examiner for the University of Edinburgh Medical School from 2010 until 2013. She has been involved in the Medical Schools Assessment Council Alliance from 2014 until 2018: designing and validating SBA questions for a National Exam question bank.
In reproductive medicine, she has been involved in designing, delivering and supervising a number of courses and post-graduate degrees jointly with Professor Christopher Barratt, including a Selective Study Component in Reproduction, Stem Cells and Assisted Conception (for 13 medical students last year), BMSc (3 students last year) and PhD (1-2 students per year). She has co-led in designing and implementing a new course for an MSc in Clinical Embryology and Assisted Conception, which started in September 2014 with over 50 applicants per year and 13 students currently participating. She supervises 2-3 fourth year undergraduate projects per year, usually in the field of reproductive medicine or pelvic floor dysfunction. She also co-ordinate a 4 week SSC in pelvic floor dysfunction for 6 students per year.
In her role as Director of Surgical Skills, she is leading on diversifying the current course portfolios and ensuring training is of high standards and meeting the requirements of current surgical trainees, this includes developing a robotic training strategy and providing multidisciplinary courses and non-technical skills training. She is also involved in enhanced engagement with industry to support new courses and medtech developments.

Publications

Year

Publication

Cited

Impact

2017

 

 

 

2013

Balakumar V, Ramalingam M, Kay VJ. Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome. Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Reproductive Medicine, 27 (2017): 357-362.

 

Alasmari W, Barratt CLR, Publicover SJ, Whalley KW, Foster E, Kay VJ, Martins da Silva S, and Oxenham SK. "The clinical significance of calcium-signalling pathways mediating human sperm hyperactivation." Human Reproduction 28, no. 4 (2013): 866-876.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

0.25

 

 

 

 

4.67

2012

Kay VJ. Obesity: A ticking time bomb for reproductive health. Access Online via Elsevier, 2012.Chapter on Impact of Male Obesity on Sperm Quality.

 

2

 

2010

Qingyou D, Jovanović S, Sukhodub A, Barratt E, Drew E, Whalley KM, Kay VJ et al. "Human oocytes express ATP-sensitive K+ channels." Human Reproduction 25, no. 11 (2010): 2774-2782.

 

6

4.67

2010

Kay VJ, and Barratt CRL. "The use of donor insemination." The Subfertility Handbook: A Clinician's Guide (2010): 148.

 

2

 

2010

Kay VJ, Marins Da Silva S. Kovacs G, ed. The Subfertility Handbook: A Clinician's Guide. Cambridge University Press, 2010. Chapter on The Use of Donor Insemination.

 

2

 

2010

Bandyopadhyay S and Kay VJ. "A rare case of rupture of ovary causing haemorrhagic shock following uncomplicated oocyte retrieval-A case report." Human Fertility 13, no. 2 (2010): 105-106.

 

2

1.6

2009

Barratt CRL, Kay VJ, and Oxenham SK. "The human spermatozoon-a stripped down but refined machine." J. Biol 8, no. 7 (2009): 63.

 

13

 

2009

Kay VJ  and Barratt CRL. "Male obesity: impact on fertility." The British Journal of Diabetes & Vascular Disease 9, no. 5 (2009): 237-241.

 

6

 

2009

Srivastava R and Kay VJ. "Clinical biochemistry of assisted conception." Annals of Clinical Biochemistry 46, no. 3 (2009): 197-204.

 

 

1.92

2006

Tewar R, and Kay VJ. "Compliance and user satisfaction with the intra-uterine contraceptive device in Family Planning Service: the results of a survey in Fife, Scotland, August 2004. The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care 11, no. 1 (2006): 28-37.

9

1.81

2005

Gatongi DK, Gitau G,  Kay VJ,  Ngwenya S, Lafong C, and Hasan A. "Female genital tuberculosis." The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 7, no. 2 (2005): 75-79.

 

24

0.56

2005

Gatongi D, Kay VJ. Endometrial tuberculosis presenting with postmenopausal pyometra. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, July 2005; 25(5): 518-520.

 

8

0.84

2005

Allahdin S, and Kay VJ. "Ischaemic haemorrhagic necrosis of the intestine secondary to volvulus of the midgut: a silent cause of intrauterine death." Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 24, no. 3 (2004): 310-310.

 

9

0.84

2003

Das N,  Kay VJ, and Mahmood TA. "Current knowledge of risks and benefits of prophylactic oophorectomy at hysterectomy for benign disease in United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland." European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology 109, no. 1 (2003): 76-79.

 

16

1.94

2002

Kay VJ, Das N, Mahmood TA, and Smith A. "Current practice of hysterectomy and oophorectomy in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland." Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 22, no. 6 (2002): 672-680.

 

10

0.56

2000

Kay VJ, Irvine DS. Successful in-vitro fertilization pregnancy with spermatozoa from a patient with Kartagener's syndrome: case report. Human Reproduction 15, no 1 (2000):135-8

 

33

4.67

1998

Kay VJ, and Robertson L.. Hyperactivated motility of human spermatozoa: a review of physiological function and application in assisted reproduction. Human Reproduction Update 4, no. 6 (1998): 776-786.

 

28

8.85

1994

Kay VJ,Coutts JRT, and Robertson L. Andrology: effects of pentoxifylline and progesterone on human sperm capacitation and acrosome reaction. Human Reproduction 9, no. 12 (1994): 2318-2323.

 

40

4.67

1993

Kay VJ, Coutts JRT, and Robertson R. Pentoxifylline stimulates hyperactivation in human spermatozoa. Human Reproduction 8, no. 5 (1993): 727-731.

43

4.67