Barts Research Centre for Women's Health

A pioneering new research centre – the Barts Research Centre for Women’s Health, established with £2m Barts Charity funding – is focusing on improving the health of women and babies in East London and nationally.

We're dedicated to

Funding research that has the highest impact on both our local population and on a wider scale - across the UK and beyond.

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 tackling landmark research to improve the health of women before, during and after pregnancy. 

The difference we're making

  • Tackling health inequalities in our local population, with national and international benefit
  • Addressing key problems affecting women during pregnancy, childbirth, and postnatal
  • Funding a suite of research projects including using novel time-lapse imaging technology to improve IVF treatments; how to prevent diabetes in pregnancy and its long-term risks; using cryoprecipitate to prevent excessive bleeding during childbirth; and whether diet can improve health and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes post-birth for women who’ve had diabetes during pregnancy
  • Publishing research with a global impact such as how anaemia in pregnancy doubles risk of maternal death worldwide
  • Helping babies get the best possible start in life by seeking to improve the health of mothers
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What the researchers are saying

“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 (pictured centre)

A mother and child in East London who took part in Barts Charity women's health research

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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