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Research projects

We are proud to work with some of the UK’s top doctors, midwives, nurses and scientists to make the greatest difference to the lives of women and their families.

Spanning across three key areas – fertility, pregnancy and birth complications, gynaecological cancers and wellbeing issues – here is some of the work we are currently investing in.

Pregnancy and birth

Helping healthcare professionals support women during pregnancy

Wellbeing of Women has invested £11,742 in Dr James Harris’ research into analysing and improving how healthcare professionals address pregnant women’s safety concerns

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Wellbeing issues

Using ovarian tissue transplants to prevent early menopause

Wellbeing of Women has invested £8,480 in Dr Hajra Khattak’s project to explore an alternative to HRT after having surgery on the ovaries

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Wellbeing issues

Creating a menopause-friendly workplace

Wellbeing of Women has invested £161,751 in Dr Claire Hardy’s project to improve attitudes and awareness of menopause at work 

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Past projects

Equipping workplaces to become menopause friendly

Wellbeing of Women invested £170,239 in research to help workplaces support women going through menopause

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Gynaecological cancers

Finding out why ovarian cancer becomes resistant to chemotherapy

Wellbeing of Women has invested £20,000 into Dr Rachel Pounds’ project investigating a disease that takes thousands of lives a year

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Wellbeing issues

Understanding and treating heavy or irregular periods

Wellbeing of Women has invested £249,991 in Dr Varsha Jain's investigation into abnormal uterine bleeding

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Wellbeing issues

Exploring the connection between a genetic condition and premature ovarian insufficiency

Wellbeing of Women has invested £26,257 in Dr Roseanne Rosario’s project which looks to better understand Fragile X-associated premature ovarian insufficiency.

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Pregnancy and birth

Helping mothers-to-be access the care they need

Wellbeing of Women researcher Dr Shuby Puthussery has been awarded £98,896 to make sure BAME and socioeconomically disadvantaged mothers and their babies aren't left behind

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Pregnancy and birth

Exploring how midwives and women use social media

Wellbeing of Women has invested £19,984 in Miss Anna Marsh’s project which will look into how women and midwives use social media to communicate and access information

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Pregnancy and birth

Creating a new test for ectopic pregnancy

Wellbeing of Women has awarded Professor Dharani K. Hapangama £197,039 to develop a new non-invasive, quick test for this life-threatening condition

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Wellbeing issues

Finding a link between endometriosis and autoimmune diseases

Wellbeing of Women has invested £72,448 in Professor Krina Zondervan’s search for a connection between the conditions

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Pregnancy and birth

Using bioengineering to prevent infertility after miscarriage

Wellbeing of Women has invested £199,267 in Professor Molly Stevens and Richard Smith’s project to treat a condition that causes infertility and pregnancy loss

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Gynaecological cancers

Finding new drugs for difficult-to-treat ovarian cancer

Wellbeing of Women has invested £239,325 in Dr Samar Elorbany’s project to explore new ways of treating a chemotherapy-resistant strain of ovarian cancer

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Pregnancy and birth

Transforming communication between midwives and women

Wellbeing of Women has awarded Research Midwife Jayne Wagstaff £20,000 to boost training for midwives

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Past projects

Preparing women for induced labour

Research midwife Sam Nightingale has been awarded £17,687 to help improve women’s experience of induced labour

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Pregnancy and birth

Finding the cause of tragic pregnancy loss

Dr Emily Cornish has been awarded £18,847 to investigate new treatments for a little known, but tragic, pregnancy complication

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Pregnancy and birth

Understanding a life-threatening pregnancy complication

Wellbeing of Women and Little Heartbeats have awarded Professor Zarko Alfirevic £23,536 to study a rare but devastating condition

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Gynaecological cancers

Finding better tests for ovarian cancer

Wellbeing of Women has provided £19,470 to Dr Garth Funston to find new early-stage tests for ovarian cancer

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