Searching for new agents to prevent premature birth
This research was completed on 31 August 2008
|Project Leader||Dr G N Europe-Finner PhD|
|Location||School of Surgical and Reproductive Sciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Grant awarded||29 October 2004|
|Start date||1 September 2005|
|End date||31 August 2008|
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Up to 1 in 10 pregnancies end with delivery before 'full term', and babies born prematurely risk suffering from long term physical or mental disability. Furthermore, of those babies that die shortly after birth, up to 65% were premature. Despite this, in many cases, the cause of premature labour remains a mystery. This may be because the mechanisms controlling labour are poorly understood. As a consequence, present-day treatments for premature labour remain ineffective. These researchers aim to improve our understanding of the mechanisms controlling muscular contractions in the uterus. This could lead to the development of new treatments for premature labour, with important consequences for the prevention of one of the commonest causes of death and disability in modern society.