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The Gynaecology research portfolio at Saint Mary's Hospital is extensive and includes gynaecological cancer, fertility, pregnancy disorders and urogynaecology.


What are clinical trials and why do we need them?

Clinical trials are research studies in which people help test treatments or approaches to prevention or diagnosis to see whether they are safe and effective.  People who take part in trials are volunteers, usually patients.

Clinical trials are essential for developing better treatments and improving healthcare for both adults and children.  It is important to remember that a potential new treatment may or may not be better than an existing one, and a trial is needed to find out.

As well as assessing whether a new treatment is safe and effective, trials can evaluate existing medicines or other approaches where this has not previously been done thoroughly.


Do I have to take part in a clinical trial?

No. Participation in healthcare research is always voluntary and your current or future care would not be affected whether you do or don't take part.


What clinical trials are you currently recruiting participants for at Saint Mary's Hospital?

At the moment we are recruiting participants to studies in various different areas of gynaecology:

  • Women who have endometrial cancer (Mirena study).
  • Pelvic vein incompetence and GAPP2 - these studies are for women who have chronic pelvic pain.
  • GEM3 - is a study for women who have an ectopic pregnancy.
  • Pre-Empt- is for women who have endometriosis.
  • 4C and Arquer - are studies for women who have ovarian or endometrial cancer.
  • SCRATCH & EFREEZE - are IVF studies.


What research are you hoping to start in the near future?

The number of patients taking part in clinical trials in Saint Mary's Gynaecology unit continues to increase, as the number of clinical trials and research staff grows.  Over the next year we are hoping to start recruiting to:

  • A study looking at a possible treatment for women who have bleeding in early pregnancy.
  • A study to compare different treatments for women with endometriosis.


Principal Investigators:

  • Professor Daniel Brison
  • Dr Edmond Edi-Osagie
  • Dr Kristina Naidoo
  • Dr Anthony Smith
  • Mr Rick Clayton
  • Ms Catherine Holland
  • Professor H Kitchener
  • Dr Lamiya Mohiyiddeen
  • Dr Ursula Winters
  • Dr Emma Crosbie


Divisional Research Manager:

  • Kate Barugh


Senior Clinical Research Nurse:

  • Jane Budd


Research Nurses:

Claudette Wright

Tina Pritchard

Katie Swindells

Alex Pinzar


Research Practitioners:

Rima Akhand

Tracy Field


Contact details:

If you would like further information about clinical trials in the Gynaecology unit at Saint Mary's Hospital or to find out if you are eligible to participate in a study, please contact:


Contact details:

Jayne Budd

E-mail: jayne.budd@cmft.nhs.uk

Telephone: (0161) 276 6478



CMFT Research and Innovation website:



National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)



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4C website