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Harris-Wellbeing Preterm Birth Centre

Harris-Wellbeing Centre Logo 2016In 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).

“I’m thrilled that the Harris/Wellbeing of Women research grant has been awarded to Liverpool. When I was in hospital I saw premature babies having emergency treatment, which both saddened and touched me immensely. Anything that can be done to find out the causes of premature birth and reduce its occurrence would make a huge difference to so many women’s lives.”

Wellbeing of Women Ambassador Claire Sweeney, who gave birth to her son at Liverpool Women’s Hospital