Research by location

Tommy’s exists to save babies’ lives. That’s why we give over £1.5 million every year to our four research centres to carry out vital work on preventing pregnancy loss.

Tommy's research centres

Our London research centre

This is where it all began! Opened in 1995, Tommy’s centre at St. Thomas’ Hospital was the first Maternal and Fetal Research Unit in the UK. The centre focuses on understanding and preventing premature birth, but also carries out cutting-edge research into hypertension, diabetes and a number of other areas.

Read more about the research we do at Tommy’s London centre.

Find out about Tommy’s Preterm surveillance clinic and our other clinics.

Our Manchester research centre

Tommy’s research centre in St. Mary’s hospital opened its doors in 2001. Our researchers here carry out pioneering work on stillbirth, the placenta, and fetal growth restriction, which is translated into practice in our specialist Rainbow and Placenta Clinics. Since 2010, we have decreased the average stillbirth rate in in the Manchester region by an amazing 34%.

Read more about the research we do at Tommy’s Manchester Centre.

Find out about the Rainbow clinic and our other clinics.

Our Edinburgh research centre 

Tommy’s third research centre at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh opened in 2008. Research here concentrates on the impact of maternal obesity as well as other pregnancy “stressors” such as inflammation, depression and stress. Our work is translated into practice at our metabolic antenatal clinic, which helps mums with high BMIs to have healthy pregnancies. We also carry out research into premature birth, and in October 2016 opened our new preterm birth clinic – the first of its kind in Scotland.

Read more about the research we do at Tommy’s Edinburgh Centre.

Find out about the Metabolic and Pre-term birth clinics.

Our National Centre for Miscarriage Research

The Tommy’s Centre for Miscarriage research is the largest of its kind in Europe. A collaboration between three top research universities, the centre opened in April 2016 and works on understanding and preventing the biggest cause of pregnancy loss in the UK. The first national centre dedicated to miscarriage research, we enable 24,000 women a year to access treatment, support, and the opportunity to participate in our trials.

Read more about the research we do at Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage.

Find out about the clinics connected to the National Miscarriage Centre.

 

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    Recent research achievements

    Recent research achievements in miscarriage and stillbirth, premature birth, pre-eclampsia and general pregnancy health.

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    Research into health and wellbeing in pregnancy

    In addition to our core work on miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm birth and pre-eclampsia, Tommy’s also funds projects that research the effects of lifestyle and well-being on pregnancy and on the later life of the child.

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    Research into stillbirth

    When a baby dies after 24 weeks of gestation it is called a stillbirth. Incredibly, over 3,500 babies are stillborn every year in the UK and many of these deaths remain unexplained. Tommy’s research is dedicated to improving these shocking statistics.

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    Research into premature birth

    Around 60,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the UK and many suffer lifelong consequences as a result. Preterm birth is the leading cause of neonatal death in the UK.

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    Research into miscarriage

    Miscarriage affects 200,000 couples every year in the UK, with 85% of miscarriages happening in the first 12 weeks. Often parents receive no answers to their questions. We want to change that.

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    Stories from families we have helped

    Stories of Tommy's research and care from families who have been helped by our research centres and clinics.

Statistics are dry but they are behind everything we do

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    Stillbirth statistics

    1 in every 224 births ends in a stillbirth in the UK. That's 9 babies every day.

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    Premature birth statistics

    A preterm birth, one that happens before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy, is the number one cause of newborn deaths and the second leading cause of deaths in children under five.

  • Miscarriage statistics

    Miscarriage statistics

    Statistics about early miscarriage, late miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy

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    Statistics about pregnancy loss

    Tommy's exists to change the unacceptable statistics connected to baby loss. To know what we need to change and where we need to go, we closely monitor national birth statistics. Here are some key pregnancy facts for the UK.