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Conducting high quality studies that help improve the care of women before pregnancy, and women and their babies during and after pregnancy.

A pregnant woman having an ultrasound scan as part of an OSPREA clinical trial OSPREA
A pregnant woman having an ultrasound scan as part of an OSPREA clinical trial

what we do

The Oxford Safer Pregnancy Alliance (OSPREA) is a team of doctors, scientists, researchers, midwives, nurses and support staff who are working together with women to lead research into women’s health in the areas of reproduction, obstetrics and gynaecology.

It was created to facilitate the recruitment of pregnant women for a wide range of observational and interventional studies, sponsored by both the University and OUH Trust.   The Oxford BRC funded the refurbishment of  Level 4 of the Women’s Centre to create an OSPREA Translational Research Centre, alongside the NHS Antenatal Ultrasound Unit.   The space is used for recruitment and ultrasound scanning, as well as the collection and storage of blood samples.       

The department sought and obtained ethical approval to allow the medica 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.    



We run a range of studies  that women can participate in – from women who are not currently pregnant, to those in the first trimester of pregnancy and onward. View studies



What does getting involved in research mean? Is there any risk to you and your baby? Read all the important frequently asked questions here

Our team

how to find us

Our dedicated research unit has private consulting rooms, scanning rooms and a waiting area.

OSPREA Research Centre

Level 4, Womens Centre,

John Radcliffe Hospital,

Headley Way, Headington,

Oxford, OX9 3DU

Tel (01865) 221107

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