Women's Health MPhil/PhD/MD

Major code: WHMR/WHPR/WHMD


Overview

Women and Children’s Health research in Liverpool has an international reputation for excellence. The Department of Women’s and Children’s Health incorporates obstetrics, gynaecology, neonatology and medical and surgical paediatrics.

The Department offers some of the most extensive facilities for research in this area in Europe, providing excellent bases for patient-orientated translational and clinical research. Expertise in Women’s Health is based in Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; expertise in Children’s Health is based in purpose built accommodation at the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital at Alder Hey. Liverpool Women’s Hospital and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital are respectively the largest women’s and children’s hospitals in Europe. The Department return was designated as “commended” by the “other hospital based clinical specialties” sub-panel of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

Subject Overview

The Department’s strong programme of translational research is supported by collaborations with Biological Sciences, the Department of Physiology and close links with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the Liverpool Wellcome Tropical Centre in Blantyre, Malawi. In the last decade, the Department has received around £32 million in external research grants.

Research themes

  • Research synthesis and clinical trials
  • Obstetric care in low resource setting
  • Biology of the developing lung
  • Paediatric Rheumatology
  • Prevention of preterm birth and better care for babies born prematurely.
  • Developing better medicines for pregnant women and children
  • Epidemiological studies in perinatal depression
  • Paediatric Infections
  • Stem cell therapy for Hirschsprung’s disease
  • Optimising care pathway for women with endometriosis
  • Cell biology of childhood malignancies

Key Facts

The Institute of Translational Medicine comprises six departments:
Biostatistics
Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology
Molecular and Clinical Cancer Medicine
Women’s and Children’s Health

The work of the Institute:
Takes place in the laboratory and in the clinic, forming a continuous cycle of scientific discovery and clinical research that’s yielding remarkable advances in healthcare provision.

A primary aim:
Is to provide the necessary infrastructure, facilities, professional support and environment to foster collaborative research between basic science and clinical science postgraduates.

The Institute draws on:
The established expertise within each Department to foster, develop and enhance translational medicine work streams and projects throughout the Institute as a whole.

Why The Department of Women's and Children's Health?

International reputation for excellence

The Department (www.liverpool.ac.uk/obchildhe/) incorporates obstetrics, gynaecology, neonatology and medical and surgical paediatrics.

Extensive facilities

The Department offers some of the most extensive facilities for research in this area in Europe, providing excellent bases for patient-orientated translational and clinical research.

Expertise

Expertise in Women’s Health is based in Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; expertise in Children’s Health is based in purpose built accommodation at the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital at Alder Hey. Liverpool Women’s Hospital and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital are respectively the largest women’s and children’s hospitals in Europe.

2008 Research Assessment Exercise

The Department return was designated as “commended” by the “other hospital based clinical specialties” sub-panel of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

Strong research links

The Department has strong research links with other Departments within the Institute, The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the Liverpool Wellcome Tropical Centre in Blantyre, Malawi.