Our research

Our Centre aims to improve the health of women and their babies through multidisciplinary research programmes addressing the themes of reproductive medicine, pregnancy, maternity services and women's cancer.

Research themes

  • Fertility 
    We are studying early embryo development in animals and humans and using embryonic stem cells as a model system, developing novel biotechnology for culture and embryo screening in IVF, and conducting long-term follow up studies of health outcomes in IVF children
  • Obstetrics 
    Pregnancy research is focused within the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, which is based in St Mary's Hospital with dedicated research laboratories and clinics embedded in the clinical setting of tertiary care obstetrics and gynaecology. Our vision is to 'Find solutions to pregnancy problems' focusing on the major pregnancy complications of fetal growth restriction, stillbirth, pre-eclampsia and maternal diabetes.

    Our work on maternity services is aimed at understanding the experiences of women, their families and health professionals and at contributing to the development of evidence-based public health interventions to ultimately enhance the quality and effectiveness of clinical care.
  • Gynaecology 
    Our research on women's cancers is focused on genetics, epidemiology, proteomics and biomarkers in risk assessment, detection and screening for ovarian cancers whereas affiliate members of the Centre lead on trials of cervical screening and have programmes to develop HPV vaccines for lower genital tract disease.


    Our urogynaecology research investigates the structure and function of the pelvic floor, focusing on the aetiology of pelvic floor weakness, factors which influence injury during child birth and the development of new surgical treatments of pelvic floor disorders.

  • Global Women's Health
    This programme, led by Dame Tina Lavender, Professor of Midwifery, aims to promote improvements in women's health in low/mid resources settings through education, research amd clinical practive. We draw on multi- disciplinary expertise to address issues related to the whole life course of women, from adolescents to maturity. Research focus is primarily on low cost interventions within non-communicable diseases, with further emphasis on quality of life. Questions related to the biological, social, psychological and clinical life course of women are addressed, Research feeds directly into our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.