Edinburgh researchers awarded grant to investigate pregnancy complications | Action Medical Research

Edinburgh researchers awarded grant to investigate pregnancy complications

3 November 2011

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/University of Edinburgh Centre for Reproductive Health and Clinical Research Imaging Centre, Queen’s Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh, in conjunction with the Ultrasound Department, Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

In the UK, more than 3,500 babies are stillborn every year. Many more babies fail to grow properly within the womb, and this often results in induction of preterm delivery which can be damaging to the baby. Poor placental function, when the placenta stops working properly, is a leading cause of pregnancy complication such as stillbirth and poor fetal growth.

Failure of the placenta often leads to low oxygen levels within the womb, which is harmful to the baby. Unfortunately, doctors currently do not have a test that can accurately detect low oxygen levels in the womb and predict complications.

The researchers aim to find out whether new imaging techniques can detect differences in oxygen levels between normal and at risk pregnancies. The long-term goals of this research are to assess whether information gained from novel imaging techniques can help with timing of delivery and improve the outcomes in pregnancies complicated by poor placental function.

None of the charity’s work would be possible without the generosity of people who make donations, raise funds and take part in events, as well as our trust and corporate partners.

Dr Alexandra Dedman, Senior Research Evaluation Manager, said: “At Action Medical Research we are determined to stop the suffering of babies and children caused by disease and disability. We know that medical research can save and change children’s lives. The charity finds and funds some of the best medical research in the world for the benefit of babies, children and young people.

“Our gold standard scientific review process ensures that we only fund the best doctors and researchers in children’s hospitals, specialist units and universities across the UK and we are delighted to announce this grant award.”

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Action Medical Research is the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children. We know that medical research can save and change children’s lives. For nearly 60 years we have been instrumental in significant medical breakthroughs, including the development of the UK polio vaccine and ultrasound scanning in pregnancy.

Today, we continue to find and fund the very best medical research to help stop the suffering of babies and children caused by disease and disability. We want to make a difference in:

• tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
• helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
• targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.
 

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