Why do we need this research?
As many as 1 in 4 women will have a miscarriage in their lifetime. However, we still don’t have effective ways to predict it or prevent it from happening.
In order to test new treatments to prevent miscarriage, researchers need to set up large clinical trials involved hundreds or maybe thousands of women. This can be difficult for any one research centre to achieve. Collaborations are needed to set up trials to answer the big questions about miscarriage.
What’s happening in this project?
The PROMISE trial was the first ever miscarriage prevention trial to run on such a large scale. It involved more than 800 women, in the UK and beyond, and brought together doctors, academics, midwives, nurses and more.
We want to keep this momentum going in future trials. That’s why Tommy’s are helping maintain this network for miscarriage research that will be used across the country to help researchers and patients.
The Tommy’s national miscarriage trial platform now includes more than 80 early pregnancy units across the UK. This collaboration is essential for other trials like SIMPLANT and SIM, and also helps studies which Tommy’s supports, such as the PRISM and TABLET trials. By helping to connect researchers all over the country, the project is helping to making more high-quality clinical trials possible.
What difference will this project make?
Our researchers are continuing to grow the network so that we can continue doing and sharing high quality research on a national scale. Through doing this, we can answer important questions about why miscarriage happens and how to stop it.
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Tommy's funds research across the UK investigating the reasons for miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. We can keep you updated on ways you can support our work. If you would like to join our fight against baby loss and premature birth, click here.
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A recently published article, co-authored by Professor Catherine Williamson from Tommy’s Research Centre at King’s College London, suggests that certain pregnancy complications can indicate future health issues for women.
Tommy’s has received a grant from the UK Government’s Department for Health and Social Care to support the costs of its PregnancyHub information and support services throughout the summer, due to rising demand in the wake of coronavirus.
Although recruitment to some clinical trials had to be paused when coronavirus hit the UK, scientists at Tommy’s Research Centres across the UK are still hard at work, supporting women and families in our specialist clinics and sharing their latest studies with academic journals.
The day before Mother’s Day, and two days before the UK officially went into coronavirus lockdown, Zara Dawson found out she was having a miscarriage. Her third consecutive miscarriage in less than a year, and fourth consecutive loss, after losing her second son Jesse in 2018 to termination for medical reasons.