Pregnancy Research Review Subgroup


The purpose of this specialist group is to review the research needs and spend in the area of pregnancy and establish strategic approaches to funding research in the areas of pregnancy where there is the greatest need.



This will be achieved by:

  • Sharing and/or jointly developing high level strategies for supporting pregnancy research in the UK to:
    • Improve pregnancy outcomes nationally and internationally
    • Establish the UK as a world leader in pregnancy research
    • Develop and retain a strong pool of appropriately skilled experts able┬áto undertake pregnancy research and in a range of related disciplines┬ánecessary to underpin this research agenda
  • Promote the field of pregnancy research; and the UK as an excellent environment to undertake such research, given the unique ability of the NHS to undertake long-term follow-up at scale.
  • Develop and foster appropriate academic-NHS-industry links in pregnancy research.

The group is chaired by Peter Brocklehurst and consists of representatives from the following organisations:

  • Wellcome Trust
  • Medical Research Council
  • National Institute for Health Research
  • Biotechnology Biological Sciences Research Council
  • Health and Care Research Wales
  • Chief Scientist Office, Scotland
  • Health and Social Care Research and Development, Northern Ireland
  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Royal College of Midwives
  • Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Public Health England
  • National Childbirth Trust
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Academy of Medical Sciences
  • NHS England
  • Economic and Social Research Council