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How we fund research

Wellbeing of Women changes and saves the lives of women and their babies by funding the best medical research into reproductive health and childbirth.

All our grants are selected, monitored and evaluated by our eminent Research Advisory Committee (RAC). Our rigorous selection procedure and independent peer review process guarantees that we fund only the highest quality research and best doctors and ensures that our funds are invested strategically to achieve the greatest possible impact on improving women’s healthcare. Our peer review process is accredited by the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), the gold standard for medical research charities in the UK.

Research Advisory Committee (RAC)

Our Research Advisory Committee, comprising practising scientists, medics, researchers and academics. Its remit is to:

  • Provide scientific and medical advice to Wellbeing of Women
  • Assess grant applications and recommend awards to the Board of Trustees
  • Consider fellowships and other Wellbeing of Women awards and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees
  • Assess ongoing grants and report findings to the Board of Trustees, advising of any necessary course of action
  • Provide guidance on the charity’s research strategy.

RAC members

Professor Steve Robson (Chairman), Professor of Fetal Medicine, University of Newcastle

Mr Mohamed Abdel-Fattah, Senior Clinical Lecturer, The University of Aberdeen

Professor William Atiomo, Clinical Associate Professor and Consultant Gynaecologist, University of Nottingham

Dr Ying Cheong, Associate Professor Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Honorary Consultant in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Clinical Director, Complete Fertility Centre, Southampton

Dr Francesco Colucci, Reader in Immunology, University of Cambridge

Dr Gerard Conway, Clinical Lead in Endocrinology and Diabetes, University College London Hospital

Dr Emma Crosbie, Clinical Lecturer in Gynaecological Oncology, University of Manchester

Professor Andrew Horne, Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant Gynaecologist, University of Edinburgh

Dr Stamatina Iliodromiti, Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Glasgow

Professor Raheela Khan, Professor of Cellular Physiology, University of Nottingham

Professor Linda McGowan, Professor of Applied Health Research, University of Leeds

Professor Jane Sandall CBE, Chair in Social Science and Women’s Health, King’s College London

Mrs Sudha Sundar, Senior Lecturer in Gynaecological Oncology, University of Birmingham

Professor Shakila Thangaratinam, Professor of Maternal and Perinatal Health, Barts and the London School of Medicine

Dr Manu Vatish, Senior Clinical Fellow in Obstetrics, University of Oxford

Dr David Williams, Consultant Obstetric Physician, University College London

Professor Krina Zondervan, Professor of Reproductive and Genomic Epidemiology, Co-Director Endometriosis CaRe Centre, University of Oxford.

Members sit for a term of three years and meet twice a year at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London.

Research Strategy


Wellbeing of Women’s grant award programme seeks to improve the health of women and babies by:

  • Supporting high-quality research, defined as research with:

– realistic aims and objectives

– innovative experimental methods or approaches

– good prospects for significant scientific or clinical advance

– good value for money

  • Addressing gaps in knowledge by supporting scientifically valid medical research
  • Investing in the training of new researchers with promising potential who are seeking to work in and improve the health of women and babies
  • Meeting an identified need to improve the health of women by seeking the different opinions of experts and beneficiaries
  • Ensuring the long-term future of the charity by maintaining a reputation for quality and transparency


To contribute to:

  1. Equipping doctors and other health professionals with the research skills needed to help deliver the best healthcare for women and babies
  2. Developing academic research that can translate into practical benefits
  3. Further developing techniques and treatments to improve the health of women and babies
  4. Adding to the knowledge base and understanding of the health of women and babies
  5. Promoting the dissemination of research results and engaging with beneficiaries and partner organisations
  6. The maintenance and maximisation of a research portfolio that can be used to leverage continued funding.

Use of animals in research

Wellbeing of Women supports AMRC’s policy of using animals in research where absolutely necessary to advance understanding of health and disease and develop new treatments, and where there is no alternative available.

Programme of Research

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