Justus Hofmeyr, MB BCh, MRCOG, graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in 1973. He worked at Holy Cross Mission Hospital, Transkei, South Africa, before specializing in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In 1983, he studied fetal physiology in Oxford, England. He was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Coronation Hospital and the University of the Witwatersrand from 1988 to 2000. He has published some 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 50 Cochrane systematic reviews, 25 textbook chapters and 8 audiovisual teaching programmes. He is co-editor of the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Database and Regional Editor of The WHO Reproductive Health Library. He is currently a consultant in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, East London Hospital Complex and Director of the Effective Care Research Unit, East London, South Africa. His research interests include improving pregnancy outcomes for women in low-resource settings. He is married with two sons.