Research in progress

Wellbeing of Women has been funding medical research for more than 54 years. Our projects are making a vital difference to the lives of women and babies today and tomorrow. The following projects are being carried out by our researchers across a broad spectrum of women’s health both in the UK and internationally: 

Research Project Grants


Dr Heather Garthwaite, University of Sunderland: Feasibility cohort study: Serum mid-luteal progesterone versus ultrasound for monitoring first-cycle clomifene citrate

£ 4,800 over 18 months


Dr Susana Banerjee, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust: Improving outcomes in older women: Feasibility of frailty assessment and implementation of protocol-led geriatric interventions in women over the age of 70 with relapsed epithelial ovarian cancer in the oncology clinic (FAIR-O)

£ 176,277 over 36 months

Dr Jane Cleal, University of Southampton: Using 3D imaging and single-cell gene expression to identify molecular markers of a uterus lining that is receptive to embryo implantation. 

£ 192,724 over 36 months

Professor Dharani Hapangama, University of Liverpool: The EXPEDITE study: metabolomics and cytokine profile analysis in biofluids to develop a non-invasive diagnostic test for ectopic pregnancy

£197,039 over 36 months

Professor Molly Stevens & Professor Richard Smith, Imperial College, London: A Bioengineering Approach for Treating intrauterine AdhesionS and Helping Endometrial Regeneration (BeAT AsHER)

£199,267 over 36 months

Professor Krina Zondervan, University of Oxford: Unravelling the association between endometriosis and auto-immune diseases

£72,448 over 26 months


Dr Sarah McClelland, Barts Cancer Institute: Preventing Chemotherapy Resistance in Ovarian Cancer by targeting Chromosomal Instability

£134,193 over 24 months

Dr Stamatina Iliodromiti, Queen Mary University of London: Birthweight and associated risk of disease and death

£129,549 over 24 months


Dr Jacqueline Maybin, Queen’s Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh: Does increased endometrial perfusion and lack of hypoxia at menstruation lead to heavy menstrual bleeding?

£179,486 over 36 months


Professor Gordon Jayson, Christie Hospital and University of Manchester:Resistance mechanisms to the treatment of ovarian cancer with drugs targeting the tumour vasculature

£199,631 over 24 months

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships


Dr Kate Navaratnam, University of Liverpool: Maternal pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of benzylpenicillin for prevention of early onset neonatal group B streptococcal infections

£ 29,888 over 36 months

Dr Roseanne Rosario, University of Edinburgh: Pathogenesis of Fragile X-associated premature ovarian insufficiency

£26,247 over 24 months


Dr James Harris, University College London Hospital: Developing an understanding of maternity healthcare professionals responsiveness to help-seeking behaviours from maternity service users

£ 11,742 over 18 months

Research Training Fellowships


Dr Varsha Jain, University of Edinburgh: Determining the endometrial phenotype of women with abnormal uterine bleeding

£ 249,991 over 36 months


Dr David Jeevan, University of Birmingham: Unravelling the steroid metabolome in ovarian cancer to improve early diagnosis and therapy

£181,956 over 24 months


Dr Nicola Tempest, University of Liverpool: Analysis of human endometrial epithelial stem cells and their niche in health and disease by lineage labelling

£ 199,987 over 36 months

Entry-level Research Scholarships


Dr Hajra Khattak, University of Birmingham: Endocrine function after ovarian tissue autotransplantation

£ 8,480 over 12 months

Dr Emily Cornish, University College London: A Study of the Maternal Immune Response in Recurrent Adverse Pregnancy Outcome (The MIRAPO Study)

£18,847 over 12 months

Dr Samar Elorbany, Queen Mary University of London – Barts Cancer Institute: The effect of chemotherapy on macrophage subpopulations in human high-grade ovarian serous carcinoma

£20,000 over 9 months


Mrs Jayne Wagstaff, University of Leeds: ‘The Covene Study’  – Conversation Analytic Role-play  Method in Antenatal Screening Conversations

£20,000 over 12 months

Miss Samantha Nightingale, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust: Development of a film which aims to improve a mother’s understanding and experience of induction of labour

£17,687 over 12 months

Mrs Judith Cutter, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board: Evaluation of a midwife-led early postpartum family planning service

£19,789 over 12 months

Dr Rachel Pounds, University of Birmingham: Improving the treatment outcome and survival of patients with high-grade serous ovarian cancer

£20,000 over 12 months


Dr Garth Funston, University of Manchester: Utility of biomarkers for ovarian cancer risk assessment in primary care: a feasibility study

£19,470 over 36 months