Wellbeing of Women

Wellbeing of Women funds research into the following three areas:

  • Gynaecological Cancers

  • Pregnancy and Birth; including pre-term birth, miscarriage and fertility

  • Quality of Life issues; including menopause, incontinence and prolapse, sexual health, menstrual disorders and endometriosis

Wellbeing of Women's offers funding opportunities at four different levels:

  • Medical and Midwifery Student Elective Bursaries
    to assist undergraduate medical and midwifery students to take up an Obstetrics or Gynaecology option during their elective period of study.

  • Research Grants
    for 2 to 3 year projects in basic science, clinical or translational research including explanatory and feasibility studies. The upper limit for any grant awarded is £200,000. The research must be undertaken in the UK or Ireland.

  • Research Training Fellowships
    designed to further the training of a medical graduate embarking upon a career in obstetrics and gynaecology. Fellowships are awarded for up to three years and cover the cost of a full time salary per annum for Speciality Registrar (or equivalent), plus research expenses and registration fees for a higher degree.

  • Entry-Level Research Scholarships
    intended to provide 'pump-priming' funds to enable trainees to be exposed to a research environment, or to obtain pilot data for bids for definitive funding. Applicants would normally be within the first few years of graduation. Scholarships are a single payment up to a maximum of £20,000 to go towards salary and/or laboratory costs.

The membership of the Research Advisory Committee currently comprises:

The Committee provide scientific and medical advice to Wellbeing of Women, assesses grant applications and recommends awards to the Board of Trustees of Wellbeing of Women. The term of office for members of the Committee is 3 years.

Professor Peter Brocklehurst
Director of the Institute of Women's Health

Dr Judith Bulmer
Senior Lecturer in Pathology
Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle

Dr Douglas Tincello
Senior Lecturer/Consultant Gynaecologist
Leicester General Hospital

Dr Ben Stenson
Consultant Neonatologist
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Mr Tim Draycott
Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics & Gynaecologist, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Southmead Hospital, Bristol

Professor Steve Franks
Clinical Professor
Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology, Imperial College

Dr Richard Edmondson
Clinical Senior Lecturer
Northern Institute for Cancer Research

Professor Justin Konje
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Leicester Royal Infirmary

Dr Maggie Cruickshank
Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Gynaecology Oncology
Aberdeen Maternity Hospital

Dr Aris Papageorghiou
Clinical Scientist
Dept of Fetal Medicine, St George's Hospital, London

Professor Marlene Sinclair
Professor of Midwifery Research
University of Ulster

Dr Eamonn Sheridan
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Genetics, University of Leeds

Dr Myriam Hemberger
Senior Lecturer Developmental Biology
Babraham Institute, Cambridge

Dr Emma Pitchforth
Jamsetji Tata Senior Research Fellow
London School of Economics and Health

Professor Tom Fleming
School of Biological Sciences
University of Southampton

Dr Andrew Weeks
Consultant Obstetrician and Senior Lecturere (Clin)
University of Liverpool

Professor Louise Kenny
Professor of Obstetrics and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Cork University

Mr Nick Raine-Fenning
Consultant Gynaecologist and Clinical Associate Professr in Reproductive Medicine
University of Nottingham

Professor Scott Nelson
Professor - Muirhead Chair of Reproductive & Maternal Medicine
University of Glasgow

Dr Esther Moss
Subspecialty trainee in gynaecological oncology
Pan-Birmingham Gyaecological Cancer Centre
Honorary Clinical Lecturer
Keele University

Dr Devender Roberts
Consultant Obstetrician
University of Liverpool