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.
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
Ms Sara Kenyon, Reader in Evidence Based Maternity Care, University of Birmingham
Dr Karen Luyt, Consultant Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol
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.
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:
- Equipping doctors and other health professionals with the research skills needed to help deliver the best healthcare for women and babies
- Developing academic research that can translate into practical benefits
- Further developing techniques and treatments to improve the health of women and babies
- Adding to the knowledge base and understanding of the health of women and babies
- Promoting the dissemination of research results and engaging with beneficiaries and partner organisations
- 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.