The OSPREA team includes professors, clinical doctors, midwives, research assistants and laboratory staff. Their mission is to encourage all pregnant women attending the Women's Centre (John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford) to contribute to research, training, audit and service development.
The Leadership Team has sought and obtained ethical approval to allow the medical records (including clinical data, ultrasound images and fetal heart traces) of all mothers and babies to be used anonymously and confidentially to monitor and improve the quality of the maternity services, and help research into the causes of pregnancy‐related problems. That approval has since been extended to include hospitals in the Oxford Academic Health Science Maternity Network.
Our dedicated Research Technicians are responsible for the safe processing, storage and distribution of samples collected from women participating in studies. They work within the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) required by each study, and also manage databases and researcher access requests for the samples they need.