Institute for Women's Health

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Judith Stephenson and Usha Menon

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Pregnancy fluid reverses ageing bones

Cells in the amniotic fluid that surrounds a developing baby can revive ageing and weak bones according to new UCL research led by Dr Pascale Guillot (Maternal & Fetal Medicine, IfWH). The discovery could help babies with genetic diseases, elderly people and even astronauts. More...

Short Course - Consent in Healthcare - 17 March 2017

When: 17 March 2017

Epigenetic inheritance and obesity

Dr David Williams and the maternal medicine team have been awarded £900,000 from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to investigate whether the chemistry around genes (epigenetic change) is altered with obesity and whether this epigenetic change is reversed with weight-loss (bariatric) surgery.  More...

IfWH part of new Wellcome Trust centre for Surgical and Interventional Sciences

Professors Anna David and Jan Deprest (Maternal & Fetal Medicine) were co-applicants on an application to establish a Wellcome Centre for Surgical and Interventional Sciences at UCL. The application was successful and the new Wellcome Centre, jointly funded with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), will aim to optimise surgery through integration of new insights. The centre will be led by Professors Sebastien Ourselin. More...

IfWH and Paris Descartes collaboration

Fetal growth restriction (FGR) is responsible for a large proportion of perinatal mortality worldwide. There is currently no treatment that can improve fetal growth in utero, and only childbirth, usually prematurely, allows infant survival. The management of infants with very low birth weight is a major challenge in medical, ethical and economic terms. Substantial advances in neonatology are enabling the intensive care of increasingly preterm infants (from 5.5 months of gestation, 500 grams), without really ensuring a neurologic and respiratory outcome free of long-term handicap. These small for gestational age infants remain in a hospital setting until they attain a weight of approximately 2500 g. The cost of their care is considerable. FGR is therefore one of the main Grand Challenges in perinatal medicine.  More...

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