In 2014, Wellbeing of Women awarded a Harris Research Grant worth £1m to the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Women’s Hospital over five years to enable the opening of the Harris-Wellbeing Preterm Birth Centre. The grant was made possible through the personal generosity of Lord and Lady Harris of Peckham.
Led by Professor Zarko Alfirevic and Professor Sue Wray, the Centre’s interconnected research programme aims to improve understanding of the causes of preterm birth and what can be done to prevent it. There is a strong focus on developing personalised treatments for pregnant women who experience or are at risk of preterm birth, and on helping women who have had preterm births feel more confident about their ability to carry a pregnancy to full term. The Centre will also act as an international hub for research and best clinical practice and will provide cutting-edge research training for early-career researchers committed to preterm birth research.
Huge thanks must go to Lord and Lady Harris of Peckham for their fantastic generosity and sustained support of Wellbeing of Women.
The Harris Birthright Research Grant was set up in 1984 through the generosity of Sir Philip Harris, his wife Pauline and the charity Birthright (now Wellbeing of Women).