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Teaching and Research

Saint Mary's Hospital has a diverse and extensive maternal and fetal health research programme, including research into pregnancy problems such as pre-eclampsia, fetal growth restriction, stillbirth, lupus in pregnancy and pre-term labour.

We work in partnership with The University of Manchester, Tommy's Baby Charity, the Anthony Nolan Trust and other organisations, with the aim of improving pregnancy outcome and maternity care.

Our research utilises a breadth of research methods such as clinical trials, one to one or group interviews and observational studies which collect samples and data from pregnant women, partners and their babies.


Will I be asked to take part in research?

It is likely that you will be asked to take part in at least one of our research studies at some point during your pregnancy. We try to ask all women to donate their placenta to research following the birth of their baby.


Do I have to take part in research?

No, participation in any research study is always voluntary. If you are asked to take part in research we will give you full information about it. Please feel free to ask questions so that you can decide if you want to be involved or not. If you decide you do not want to be involved this will not affect your treatment in any way, either now or in the future.


Service user involvement

We are keen to involve the people who have had experience of using maternity services in our research.  Your experience of receiving care at Saint Mary's or another maternity hospital can play a valuable role in asking the right research questions and advising on the recruitment of patients.  Our user involvement group meets approximately twice a year to discuss new research ideas over coffee and cake!  Your input is invaluable in improving maternity care and the meetings are very friendly and informal. If you would like to join our group please contact Suzanne Thomas on (0161) 701 6965.

Helping others

Taking part in research may help other women and their families in the future. If you are interested in taking part in any of our research studies, please ask a midwife or doctor at your next appointment or contact any of the research team.


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

At the moment we are recruiting participants to studies in various different areas of maternal and fetal health:

  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Fetal Growth Restriction (When a baby is smaller than expected)
  • Pre-term labour
  • Stillbirth
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Ways of improving the quality of non invasive pre-natal diagnosis
  • Decreased Fetal Movements
  • Placental studies
  • Vitamin D
  • Epilepsy
  • Vascular Disease
  • Lupus in Pregnancy

If you are interested in taking part in any of our research studies please ask a midwife or doctor at your next appointment or contact any of the research team.


Principal Investigators

Professor Dame Tina Lavender

Dr Ed Johnstone

Dr Jenny Myers

Dr Clare Tower

Dr Alex Heazell

Dr Melissa Whitworth

Dr Mike Maresh

Divisional Research Manager

Lucy Dwyer

Research Midwife Co-ordinators

Cara Taylor

Clinical Trials Manager Stuart Ingram
Placenta Clinic and Rainbow Clinic Lead Midwife Suzanne Thomas

Research Midwives

Catherine Chmiel

Fiona Prichard

Gio Bernatavicius

Lousie Stephens

Linda Peacock

Lynsey Moorhead

Wendy Taylor

Sarah Lee

Jayne Budd

Research Practitioner

Christine Hughes


Contact Details

Cara Taylor, Research Midwife Co-ordinator: cara.taylor@cmft.nhs.uk or telephone (0161) 701 6968

Research Midwives: (0161) 701 6980 or (0161) 701 6958 or (0161) 701 1937


Useful links

CMFT Research and Innovation website: /research-and-innovation.aspx


Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, The University of Manchester - www.medicine.manchester.ac.uk/maternalfetal/


National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) - www.nihr.ac.uk/Pages/default.aspx


Involve - Supporting public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research - www.invo.org.uk/


Anthony Nolan Trust - www.anthonynolan.org/


Insight Study - www.medscinet.net/PTBStudies/


GOT-IT Study - www.got-it.org


IONA Study - www.premaitha.com


Non invasive pre-natal diagnosis Study - www.rapid.nhs.uk


Phoenix - www.medscinet.com/Phoenix/


DAPPA - www.medscinet.net/DAPPA/


CONCEPTT - edc.cmicr.ca/OpenClinica/pages/login/login



TABLET study -  www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/mds/trials/bctu/trials/womens/tablet