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Pregnancy complications and problems

Some women experience complications during pregnancy which can involve the mother’s health, the baby’s health or both. There is still so much to learn about how pregnancy complications can threaten babies’ lives such as obstetric cholestasis and fetal growth restriction.
We are funding research to prevent pregnancy complications.

Premature birth: predicting which women might go into labour too soon

Research date: 1 April 2014 - 30 August 2016
Grant amount: £156,036.00

Research Training Fellowship*: Dr Joanna Cook Over 60,000 babies are born prematurely every year in the UK.1-3 Tragically, around 1,300 of these babies die4-6 Many others who survive a very early birth develop lifelong disabilities. Despite these dangers, we can’t always tell which women will go into labour too soon. Dr Joanna Cook, of Imperial...

Twin-twin transfusion syndrome: developing a new way to help babies who are struggling in the womb

Research date: 1 January 2014 - 31 July 2016
Grant amount: £102,258.00

Estimates suggest that around 10 per cent of identical twins develop a serious condition called twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), which strikes while babies are in the womb.1-3 This condition can be very dangerous for babies, causing premature birth, death and disability. Dr Christoph Lees, of Queen Charlottes’s and Chelsea Hospital, Imperial...

Stillbirth and other pregnancy complications: predicting who’s at risk

Research date: 1 March 2013 - 28 February 2015
Grant amount: £133,955.00

Research Training Fellowship*: Dr Lucy E Higgins Around 4,000 babies are stillborn each year in the UK, over 60,000 are born prematurely and many others stop growing properly within the womb.1-7 Dr Lucy Higgins, of the University of Manchester, is looking for a way to identify these babies during pregnancy so they can get early help. She is taking her...

Pre-eclampsia: a possible link with low vitamin D levels

Research date: 23 April 2012 - 18 December 2015
Grant amount: £182,012.00

Up to eight per cent of pregnant women worldwide develop a serious condition called pre-eclampsia, which is a leading cause of death and illness in both mothers and babies.1 Emerging evidence suggests a link between pre-eclampsia and vitamin D deficiency. Professor Mark Kilby, of the University of Birmingham, is investigating this link, focusing on...

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Stillbirth and liver problems: new treatment target on the horizon

Posted: 31 January 2013 17:31 pm
Obstetric cholestasis (OC) is a liver condition that occurs during pregnancy in women. It affects about one in 140 pregnancies in the UK, and can result in stillbirth.1,2 Abnormally high levels of substances in the body linked with pregnancy hormones can contribute to the development of OC, by reducing the body’s ability to remove bile from the...

Children’s charity funding research into premature births congratulates Laura Trott

Posted: 10 September 2012 12:22 pm
Children’s charity Action Medical Research congratulates Laura Trott on her double gold victory at her first ever Olympic Games – an outstanding achievement for TeamGB and a personal accomplishment for Laura who survived after she was born a month prematurely with a collapsed lung. Action Medical Research is celebrating its 60th anniversary...

Can MRI scans help protect unborn babies?

Posted: 21 March 2012 17:26 pm
Pregnancy complications result in around 4,000 stillborn babies a year in the UK, plus many others born prematurely. This is often due to problems with the placenta, so researchers in Edinburgh are looking at whether MRI scans could help detect difficulties before they happen and identify unborn babies most at risk. When a baby is in its mother’s...

Charity funds 60 years quality medical research in Oxford and Cambridge to help prevent suffering of babies and children

Posted: 5 January 2012 10:53 am
Children’s charity Action Medical Research is celebrating investing more than £100 million into vital medical research over the past 60 years, which has led to some key scientific breakthroughs to help reduce the suffering of sick babies and children. Research funded over the years has included pioneering work carried out across Oxford and...

Edinburgh researchers awarded grant to investigate pregnancy complications

Posted: 3 November 2011 15:16 pm
A team of top researchers from Edinburgh have been awarded a grant of more than £96,000 from children’s charity Action Medical Research to carry out studies into pregnancy complications. The charity has been supporting significant medical breakthroughs for nearly 60 years, and has today announced the grant of £96,450 to the MRC/...

Touching Tiny Lives: tackling big problems for little babies

Posted: 28 March 2011 13:58 pm
Over 60,000 babies are born prematurely in the UK every year. Tragically, 1,500 of them die and those that survive can be left with lifelong conditions. Many more babies suffer debilitating illnesses or survive pregnancy complications that can leave them disabled. Action Medical Research’s Touching Tiny Lives appeal aimed to tackle the problem of...

Research into pregnancy complications is taken to new heights

Posted: 14 March 2011 10:57 am
Having placentas delivered from America and studying patients while climbing mountains is all part of the day job for Dr Andrew Murray, who is leading an unusual research project into pregnancy complications funded by West Sussex-based children’s charity Action Medical Research. Dr Murray, from the University of Cambridge, is working with researchers...

London researchers seek the cause behind pre-eclampsia

Posted: 11 January 2011 11:17 am
Scientists in London are hoping the placenta holds the key to understanding the cause of pre-eclampsia – a condition which results in the deaths of several hundred babies in the UK[i] each year – as they embark on a new study funded by Action Medical Research, the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children...

New brain imaging techniques to map unborn babies' brains

Posted: 24 November 2010 16:45 pm
 A team of world expert researchers from London – funded by children’s health charity Action Medical Research with support from WellChild, the national charity for sick children – has just started an innovative project to develop a groundbreaking new way of taking MRI scans during pregnancy. In theory, MRI scans have the...

Children’s health charity awards over £150,000 to top Cambridge researchers for study on pregnancy complications

Posted: 20 September 2010 10:35 am
Top researchers in Cambridge have been awarded £162,391 by children’s health charity, Action Medical Research, to fund their pioneering work into understanding pregnancy complications.

The charity has been supporting significant medical breakthroughs for nearly 60 years, and has today announced funding for this key research taking...

Reducing the risks to babies of teenage mums

Posted: 1 February 2007 00:00 am
They are also particularly susceptible to having a small baby with an abnormally low birth weight, and to giving birth prematurely. Effects on the baby can be devastating. For example, very small babies are 60 per cent more likely to suffer health problems or to die at birth. Many need neonatal intensive care, and can go on to suffer lifelong disabilities...
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