Baby Bio Bank

babybiobankWellbeing of Women opened the Baby Bio Bank (BBB) at the Institute of Child Health in 2009 thanks to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and other generous donors.

Led by Professor Lesley Regan, President of the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologists, internationally acclaimed obstetrician and gynaecologist and recurrent miscarriage expert at Imperial College London, and Professor Gudrun Moore, genetics specialist in pregnancy complications and intrauterine growth restriction at University College London, the bank collects biological samples from mother, father and baby for research on the four main complications of pregnancy:

  • Fetal growth restriction
  • Recurrent miscarriage
  • Prematurity
  • Pre-eclampsia

The project also collects a normal cohort for comparative analysis.

By collecting biological samples from both parents (blood samples) and from the baby (the term placenta, normally discarded after birth, cord blood and fetal membranes), together with demographic and clinical data, the aim is to provide researchers with the tools to determine the biological and genetic aetiology of these complications.

Reference: Abu-Amero S, Thomas A, White S, et al (2014). ‘The Baby Bio Bank – a legacy for researchers worldwide into common complications of pregnancy’. Journal of General Practice, April.

Accessing the Baby Bio Bank

Applications to access the bank by researchers and medical professionals are considered on a rolling basis. To apply, please contact the Baby Bio Bank Manager Nita Solanky: nita.solanky@ucl.ac.uk

Contact the Baby Bio Bank direct for more information.