The Women’s Health Research Unit undertakes multidisciplinary research to understand why a woman and her unborn child can become ill and how they can stay healthy.
The unit conducts clinical trials and systematic reviews collaboratively with patient and public involvement. Input from a range of disciplines such as clinical epidemiology, biostatistics and health technology assessment are the cornerstones of research that improve policy and practice, embedded within communities and health systems locally, nationally and globally.
Studies currently recruiting:
Other ongoing studies:
Ongoing research with other institutions (Subcontracted to QM)
Katie’s Team – The women’s health research patient and public advisory group for East London.
“Katie’s Team” is the KT Network patient and public advisory group. It consists of mums and local members of the public who have a connection to our research areas of childbirth, pregnancy and reproductive issues.
What do we do?
We meet face to face 3 times a year to comment on specific research questions, to advise on the direction of the research, and to learn more about how research in women’s health is conducted. For example, Katie’s Team members have advised on how to reach women who had diabetes in pregnancy for follow-up studies; or given their opinion on what the relevant outcomes were for pregnant women who were anaemic; or commented on learning materials that are used to spread the word about research.
Why do it?
The purpose of the group is to ensure that women’s health research is done effectively and remains relevant to the needs of local mothers. That’s because women who have experienced pregnancy and childbirth issues have unique insight that is valuable to the researchers. “Katie’s Team” members also act as champions for research within their own communities.
Who can join?
Anyone with a personal experience of childbirth, pregnancy or reproductive issues, and their partners or family members. We particularly welcome members from East London. If you live outside of London, you are welcome to join our mailing list – we also send out electronic newsletters every few months with updates and involvement opportunities.
Get in touch on email@example.com, and we can send you a role description and further information.
Academic Clinical Lecturer
Senior Research Manager
Senior Project Coordinator
Katherine Twining Research Network
The Katherine Twining Network aims to facilitate multidisciplinary research in reproductive health and childbirth, providing leadership in development and delivery of women’s health studies. It is named after the first Matron and founder of the Plaistow Maternity Hospital (established in 1889 as St Mary's District Nurses' Home). Its services are currently delivered through the maternity provision at Newham General Hospital.
This initiative aims to bring together doctors, nurses, midwives and scientists working towards improvement in women's health in East London and beyond.
Katherine Twining Network supports and actively encourages the involvement in trainees in research. This includes the provision of academic training, supervision of MD and PhD students, and involvement of clinical trainees in ongoing research activities. We support the establishment of a trainee-led network that improves research literacy and trainee participation in research. This will be provided through our online website where trainees can complete EBM e-learning packages, access databases with research opportunities and learn about how to organise out of programme placements. Along with online resources, it will provide a network for those trainees already involved in research or interested in exploring the world of academic medicine.
See more information about the Katherine Twining:
The Senior Clinical Academics in the research unit are Professors Khalid Khan and Shakila Thangaratinam, and Senior Lecturer, Dr Rashna Chenoy.
Women's Health Research Unit
Centre for Primary Care and Public Health
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Yvonne Carter Building
58 Turner Street
London E1 2AB
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2525
Fax: +44 (0)20 7882 2552