The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has two broad areas of research activity. The first covers the use of large population data bases 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 group 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.