We regret to say that Sands Research Fund is currently suspended due to the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic. This means we will not run our planned 2020-21 funding round.


If you have any questions please contact research@sands.org.uk.


Perinatal Expert Panel

The Perinatal Expert Panel (PEP) make recommendations about research funding to the Trustees.

Professor Gordon Smith (Chair), Professor and Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Cambridge University and Honorary Consultant in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (CUHFT)

Dr Sarah Stock, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Honorary Consultant and Subspecialist in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, University of Edinburgh Queen's Medical Research Institute

Professor Stephen Charnock-Jones, Professor of Reproductive Biology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Cambridge, The Rosie Hospital, Cambridge

Professor Alexander Heazell, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics and Clinical Director of the Tommy’s Stillbirth Research Centre, Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, University of Manchester, UK

Dr Alyson Hunter, Consultant Obstetrician, The Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital, Belfast [also a Sands Trustee]

Dr Tracey Mills, Lecturer in Midwifery, University of Manchester

Professor Jane Sandall, Professor of Social Science and Women’s Health, Division of Women’s Health, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King’s College London

Dr Dimitrios Siassakos, Consultant Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics, Director of Research Academic Centre for Women's Health, University of Bristol & Southmead Hospital; Lead for Obstetric Education Reproductive Health and Care of Newborn, University of Bristol

Professor Baskaran Thilaganathan, Professor in Fetal Medicine, St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London

Professor Jim Thornton (Vice Chair), Consultant Obstetrician and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nottingham

Dr Nicola Mackintosh, Associate Professor in Social Science Applied to Health, University of Leicester

Professor Andrew Ewer, Professor of Neonatal Medicine, University of Birmingham; Honorary Consultant Neonatologist, Birmingham Women's Hospital

Conflict of Interests Policy

PEP Terms of Reference

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AMRC membership

We fund research of the highest quality and are proud members of the Association of Medical Research Charities. The AMRC is the national membership organisation of leading medical and health research charities. 

As a member of AMRC we are aligned with their position on the use of animals in research. To date we have not directly funded any research studies involving animals. Our research funding program is currently suspended due to the impact of the pandemic.

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