Judith Adams

Judith Adams RN

Judith Adams received her Diploma in Medical Ultrasound from the Royal College of Radiographers in London, U.K., and was the Chief Ultrasonographer in the Department of Radiology and Imaging of The Middlesex Hospital for seven years prior to joining the Reproductive Endocrine Unit in 1987.

Ms. Adams is the focal point of our in-house ultrasound program, which is critical to our efforts in providing safe, effective ovulation induction to women suffering from anovulatory infertility. Ms. Adams assists in the diagnosis and management of our patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), menstrual cycle abnormalities, premature ovarian insufficiency, hypothalamic amenorrhea and menopause.

Her main research interest is in PCOS, a topic on which she has lectured extensively, and her publications from the mid-eighties established the “Adams” criteria for the ultrasound diagnosis of the condition.  She has participated in a study to determine the genetic basis of PCOS, in collaboration with deCODE in Iceland, and ongoing studies involve the effect of Metformin on mitochondrial function in women with PCOS. Ms Adams is an internationally sought expert for ultrasonography of complex pediatric endocrine cases, including precocious and delayed puberty as well as intersex disorders. She plays a key role in an ongoing study of reproductive hormone dynamics in adolescent girls during the early post-menarchal period.

Selected Publications (of 67)

1.  Stanhope R, Adams J, Jacobs HS, Brook CGD. Ovarian ultrasound assessment in normal children, idiopathic precocious puberty and during low-dose pulsatile GnRH therapy of hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism. Arch Dis Child 1985;60:116-19.

2.  Stanhope R, Adams J, Brook CGD. The treatment of central precocious puberty using an intranasal LHRH analogue (Buserelin). Clin Endocrinol 1985; 22:795-806 &23:98.

3.  Adams J, Franks S, Polson DW, Mason HD, Abdulwahid N, Tucker M, Morris DV, Price J, Jacobs, HS. Multifollicular ovaries: clinical and endocrine features and response to pulsatile luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone. Lancet 1985;ii:1375-78.

4.  Adams J, Polson DW, Franks S, Prevalence of polycystic ovaries in women with anovulation and idiopathic hirsutism. Br Med J 1986; 293:355-9.

5.  Adams J, Tan SL, Wheeler MJ, Morris DV, Jacobs HS, Franks S.  Uterine growth in the follicular phase of spontaneous ovulatory cycles and during luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone-induced cycles in women with normal or polycystic ovaries.  Fertil and Steril 1988; 49:52-55.

6.  Polson DW, Adams J, Wadsworth J, Franks S.  Polycystic ovaries – a common finding in normal women.  Lancet 1988; i:870-2.

7.  Hague WM, Adams J, Reeders ST, Peto TEA, Jacobs HS.  Familial polycystic ovaries; a genetic disease?  Clin Endocrinol 1988; 29:293-305.

8.  Adams J, Reginald PW, Franks S, Wadsworth J, Beard RW.  Uterine size and endometrial thickness and the significance of cystic ovaries in women with pelvic pain due to congestion.  Br J Obstet Gynaecol 1990; 97:583-87.

9.  Adams JM, Taylor AE, Schoenfeld DA, Crowley WF Jr., Hall JE.  The midcycle gonadotropin surge in normal women occurs in the face of an unchanging GnRH pulse frequency.  J Clin Endocrinol Metab 1994; 79:858-864.

10.  Taylor AE, Adams JM, Mulder JE, Martin KA, Sluss PM, Crowley WF Jr. A randomized, controlled trial of estradiol replacement therapy in women with hypergonadotropic amenorrhea. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 1996;81:3615-21.

11.  Adams JM, Taylor AE, Crowley WF Jr, Hall JE. Polycystic ovarian morphology with regular ovulatory cycles: insights into the pathophysiology of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2004;89:4343-4350.

12.  Murphy MK, Hall JE, Adams JM, Lee H, Welt CK. Polycystic ovarian morphology in normal women does not predict the development of polycystic ovary syndrome. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2006 Oct;91(10):3878-84.

13.  Alsamarai S, Adams JM, Murphy MK, Post MD, Hayden DL, Hall JE, Welt CK. Criteria for polycystic ovarian morphology in polycystic ovary syndrome as a function of age. J.Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2009;94(12):4961-70.