The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology comprises a very talented and multidisciplinary team of researchers, technicians and clinicians. Research in our department falls into two broad areas. The first covers the use of large population databases to identify key predictive features associated with human pregnancy. Research is also focused on perinatal control of maternal and fetal smooth muscle contractility; clinical research interest in predicting pregnancy complications such as intra-uterine growth restriction, preterm labour and perinatal death.

The second uses genomics to identify key regulatory genes involved in the development of blood vessels in all tissues but focusing on those in the endometrium and placenta, in healthy tissue and in ectopic endometrium and cancer. This interdisciplinary work involves complex teams of molecular and cellular biologists, anatomists, mathematicians, bioinformaticians, statisticians and clinician-scientists.

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is a proud supporter of the Athena Swan initiative, our clinical school is a silver award holder.

Recent Seminars and Presentations

Reducing the stillbirth rate - emerging strategies

Reducing the stillbirth rate - emerging strategies

To access all the online lectures from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Annual Professional Developmental Conference, November 2014, please visit:

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Our Research

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has programmes of basic, translational and clinical research addressing the determinants of pregnancy complications.

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Graduate Education

The Department contributes to a broad programme of graduate teaching

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Getting the True Measure of Pregnancy

June 12, 2014

One in 200 babies dies before birth in the UK. A study aimed at determining how to reduce the risk…

MHC-dependent inhibition of uterine NK cells impedes fetal growth and decidual vascular remodelling

May 8, 2014

Abstract NK cells express variable receptors that engage polymorphic MHC class I molecules and regulate their function. Maternal NK cells…

Centre for Trophoblast Research News

November 8, 2013

CTR Manager Gordon Smith attended two receptions at 10 Downing Street: one with SANDS (the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society…

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