Opened in 2001, our pioneering research centre in Manchester aims to find solutions to pregnancy problems. The centre focuses on:
- understanding the causes of stillbirth and developing treatments to prevent it
- finding ways to identify which pregnancies are at risk
- working with the NHS to improve antenatal care to help reduce stillbirth rates in the UK.
Our researchers deliver world-class advances in pregnancy research to inform better clinical care, policy and practice. By doing this, we can improve outcomes for mothers, their babies and their families.
The centre has grown to include a network of 7 research clinics. At our clinics, we offer specialist care to women at high risk of pregnancy loss. These women have a chance to take part in clinical studies that improve our understanding of stillbirth, fetal growth restriction, hypertension (high blood pressure) and diabetes. The clinics allow us to translate research breakthroughs into clinical practice.
Our model is very successful. Since 2010, our research centre has reduced the stillbirth rate in the Greater Manchester area by 32% against a much lower national average rate of reduction. Since 2017, there has been a 25% reduction in stillbirth rates at Saint Mary's Hospital in Manchester specifically.