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The Oxford Safer Pregnancy Alliance (OSPREA) & Gynae Team is a team of doctors, scientists, researchers, midwives, nurses and support staff who work together with women to lead research into women’s health in the areas of reproduction, obstetrics and gynaecology. We conduct high quality studies for women before pregnancy, women and their babies during and after pregnancy, as well as general women’s health studies.

We are primarily supported by the Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health, (part of the University of Oxford) the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and the Thames Valley & South Midlands Clinical Research Network, part of the National Institute for Health Research.

You can read about our current trials on this page below or find out more about OSPREA by clicking here. 



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Oxford Placental Ultrasound OxPLUS Study

Who can participate? Pregnant women aged 18 years or above who are in the first few months of pregnancy and attending their routine 11-14-week (‘first trimester’) ultrasound scan at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Women’s Centre, Oxford. 

Summary: The aim of this study is to establish if a new piece of computer software, called the ‘OxNNet toolkit’ can predict which babies will not grow as well as they should using the information gained from the 3D ultrasound scan about the size of the placenta and its blood flow, together with other known risk factors

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The INSIGHT Study – Investigating hormones triggering the onset of sustained lactation

Who can participate? Pregnant women intending to breastfeed in Oxfordshire area. 

Summary: Hormones such as prolactin and progesterone play a major role in the breastfeeding process and trigger the onset of milk production within the first few days after childbirth. However, the hormone levels required to stimulate milk production are unknown. At LRF OCEHL we are running this vital study to develop normal ranges for milk producing hormones. This study will help us understand why some breastfeeding mothers have delayed milk production or produce limited quantities of milk. View the INSIGHT Study leaflet.

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Giant Panda

Giant PANDA - Pregnancy ANtihypertensive Drugs: which Agent is best?

Who can participate? Pregnant women between 11+0 – 34+6 weeks, over 18 years old with a diagnosis of pregnancy hypertension (Chronic/gestational or Pre-eclampsia).Clinicians’ decision to initiate antihypertensive drugs. Women who have a contraindication to either Labetalol or Nifedipine and are already taking both medications are excluded from participating in this study. 

Summary: The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of different antihypertensive drugs in women with pregnancy hypertension on maternal and fetal/neonatal outcomes. The primary objective is to evaluate if treatment with nifedipine (calcium channel blocker), compared to labetalol (mixed alpha/beta blocker) in women with pregnancy hypertension, reduces severe maternal hypertension without increasing fetal or neonate adverse events.

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The National Registry of Rare Kidney Diseases (RaDaR) is a research initiative by UK kidney specialist (the Renal Association and the UK Renal Registry). It is designed to gather information from patients with rare kidney disease and in particular women with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The group aims to look into how women with CKD cope with pregnancy and what can be done to improve care.

RaDaR - Kidney disease and pregnancy. 

Who can participate? Women with chronic kidney disease who have, or have had, a pregnancy.

Summary: The National Registry of Rare Kidney Diseases (RaDaR) is a research initiative by UK kidney specialist (the Renal Association and the UK Renal Registry). It is designed to gather information from patients with rare kidney disease and in particular women with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The group aims to look into how women with CKD cope with pregnancy and what can be done to improve care. Read more

Pre-eclampsia Study - Study of placental particle shedding and the maternal inflammatory response in pre-eclampsia

Who can participate? Women with pre-eclampsia and women without pre-eclampsia.

Summary: The Purpose of the study is to find out more about what causes and how to predict pre-eclampsia. We need to compare the results of certain tests on blood and placental samples from pregnant women with pre-eclampsia with those of women without pre-eclampsia. Read more




Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Study

The aim of this population-based research study on newborn genetic screening for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is to evaluate the uptake and feasibility in the UK.

Who can participate? We are inviting women who are more than 18 weeks pregnant, or have given birth in the last 28 days, to be part of this study with their newborn babies.

Summary: Our newborn screening study aims to make it possible to detect SMA within days of birth, before symptoms develop, so that any affected newborn can receive diagnosis and treatment at the earliest possible opportunity. SMA is not currently screened for as part of the newborn screening programme. This screening test can be done on the blood spot that is already being taken as part of the standard newborn screening programme. This means no extra blood samples will be needed.

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Cleft Collective

Cleft Study The Cleft Collective Cohort Studies

Who can participate? Women who have received a diagnosis of cleft palate/lip during their pregnancy.

Summary: The Cleft Collective is the world’s largest cleft lip and palate research programme. We are developing two cohort studies. We will follow each family as their child grows up and keep in touch along the way. 

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LOCI Trial

LOCI Trial - Have PCOS and trying for a baby? 

Who can participate? Women with a formal diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) who are trying to conceive and and evidence of anovulation (not releasing an egg each month).

Summary: This trial is investigating the effectiveness of two different drugs (letrozole and clomifene) on fertility, pregnancy and successful births. Both of these drugs aim to induce or ‘switch on’ ovulation, which is often disrupted in women with PCOS. Improved ovulation should increase the chances of becoming pregnant. Women in the study will take part in up to 6 treatment cycles where letrozole or clomifene is taken with or without (placebo) the drug metformin. These drugs are already widely used and considered safe, but the results of the LOCI trial will provide important insights on which combination of drugs works best – something which is still unknown. By taking part in this trial you will be helping our research team move science forwards and giving many women with PCOS a better chance of getting pregnant and giving birth in future.

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