premature birth research
A test developed by teams from Tommy’s London Research Centre can help predict whether twins will be born prematurely, a newly published study has found.
We are funding a clinical trial to find out whether the QUIPP app – developed by Tommy’s researchers – can help doctors treat women at risk of premature birth. This will help save more babies lives and reduce chances of health problems in the future.
Corticosteroids are given to mothers at risk of premature labour to prevent health complications for their baby. However, many of these women will go on to have a normal birth at term. Our researchers are investigating what effect these drugs have for babies who are not born prematurely after all.
Inducing labour early in uncomplicated pregnancies may reduce the risk of a baby dying, but may also influence their educational achievement later in life. Our researchers are linking information about births to the children’s school records. This will help doctors and parents make informed decisions about inducing labour early.
Premature birth can lead to health problems for the baby, including brain injury. Our researchers are looking into whether statins – drugs to prevent heart disease – could also be used to prevent brain injury in premature babies.
Tommy’s researchers have shown that statins – drugs normally used to prevent heart disease – could also help to prevent premature birth and the health problems it can cause. Our researchers are now running a clinical trial to test this in pregnant women in preterm labour.
If a mother’s waters break early, it can sometimes lead to the baby being born early, but it is difficult to predict exactly when. We’re funding research to help doctors accurately predict time until birth, and ensure that premature babies get the best possible start in life.
New research has led to NHS offering pregnant women a new blood test to check severe risk of pre-eclampsia.
Our researchers want to know if we can test vaginal fluid early in pregnancy to find out which women have vaginal infections that are likely to cause their baby to come too soon.
Our researchers have been investigating the link between fetal DNA and preterm labour. They have shown that fetal DNA in the blood does not contribute to premature birth or inflammation.