Safeguarding women and children with landmark research
The pioneering Barts Research Centre for Women’s Health, established with £2m Barts Charity funding, is tackling health issues in mothers and babies in East London and across the UK.
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The ethnically diverse population of East London has a significantly increased risk of maternal and newborn complications, such as diabetes. The Barts Research Centre for Women’s Health is undertaking landmark research to improve the health of women before, during and after pregnancy.

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East London has the highest rates of diabetes in all of England, with 10-15% of local mothers developing it in pregnancy.
The difference we’re making
  • Tackling health inequalities in our local population
  • Publishing research with a global impact such as how anaemia in pregnancy doubles risk of maternal death worldwide
  • Funding a suite of research projects, including:
    • Improving IVF treatments using novel time-lapse imaging technology
    • Using nutritional supplements to prevent diabetes in pregnancy
    • Giving a specialist blood clotting agent (cryoprecipitate) earlier to stop post-birth bleeding – the leading cause of death in pregnancy
Diabetes, bleeding following childbirth, obesity – these are all key problems for our local community. But we’re creating visibility at a national level too, addressing problems in mothers who need it most and helping to put findings into clinical practice nationwide

Professor Shakila Thangaratinam

Professor of Maternal and Perinatal Health
Funding extraordinary healthcare

The new Centre supports the training of new researchers. It draws upon the network of maternal facilities across the hospitals of Barts Health, including at Whipps Cross, where a new £6.8m Barts Charity-funded women’s health centre is set to complete in 2020.

The local community will be involved in the research, with patient and public engagement ensuring that the Centre tackles the issues that really matter to the local population, generating findings that make a real difference to women’s health.

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