How we’ve made a difference over the last 10 years
This is just some of the work we have funded to help women and babies everywhere
Established a Research Midwives Programme in 2013 in conjunction with the Royal College of Midwives and the Burdett Trust for Nursing so midwives can develop clinical academic careers and do research into childbirth and reproductive health to improve care for women and babies.
Repurposing drugs as much needed new treatments for womb cancer. Our recent exciting research has led to two potential new treatments for womb cancer, which has increased in incidence by 21% in the last 10 years. Our researchers found that repurposing the diabetic drug metformin suppressed womb cancer growth, and a second team showed that the drug triamterene, used for high blood pressure, could also be an effective treatment.
Fish oil supplements in pregnancy could be as important as folic acid. In 2014 we funded pioneering research which found that insufficient production of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) affects the development of the baby’s brain. A DHA supplement taken as a fish oil around the time of conception and in early pregnancy could be as vital as folic acid for the unborn baby.