EGA Institute for Women's Health


Centre for Prenatal Therapy 

Our group of clinical and academic fetal medicine doctors, anaesthetists, obstetricians, paediatric surgeons, midwives and theatre nurses are introducing new techniques to the UK to treat fetal defects before birth. We will be the first group in the UK offering open fetal surgery.

The Centre is a hub for research innovation, and is ideally placed within UCL where it can take advantage of existing expertise in experimental and regenerative medicine, biobanking, engineering and computing innovation, and high quality outcome evaluations to support developments in prenatal therapy. 

Research Group Leads

Professor Anna David: Research Lead
Professor Jan Deprest: Fetal Surgery Lead
Professor Donald Peebles: Clinical Lead
Professor Paolo de Coppi: Paediatric Surgery Lead
Mr Dominic Thomson: Neurosurgery Lead

Group Members


The clinical fetal surgery service is funded by Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity and UCLH Charity. The team are also developing minimally invasive fetoscopic tools to improve surgical closure without the need for an open hysterotomy in collaboration with the GIFT-Surg research group at UCL and KU Leuven funded by Wellcome Trust and EPSRC.

Current research projects

Spina bifida
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
Multiple pregnancies