This group, supported by Sands, brings together experts in stillbirth-related research from across the UK.  The group comprises a wide range of research expertise, including in obstetrics, midwifery, epidemiology, pathology and public health, and includes Sands staff.

What does it do?

  • Identifies topics for further research and encourages big funders to offer funding opportunities
  • Improves the quality of stillbirth research by working with researchers to improve the quality of funding applications
  • Fosters more high quality research in this field by encouraging and supporting researchers and their proposals

The group usually meets twice a year in London.  You can email research@sands.org.uk for further information

You can find minutes from past meetings below

Who’s involved?

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

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

Professor Steve Charnock-Jones, Professor of Reproductive Biology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Cambridge

Professor Jim Thornton, Consultant Obstetrician and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nottingham

Professor Alexander Heazell, Consultant Obstetrician and Senior Clinical Lecturer in obstetrics, University of Manchester and Clinical Director of the Tommy's Stillbirth Research Centre

Janet Scott, Research and Prevention Lead, Sands

Dr Alyson Hunter, Consultant Obstetrician, The Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital, Belfast

Professor Jane Sandall, Professor of Social Science and Women’s Health, King’s College London

Dr Dimitrios Siassakos, Associate Professor / Reader in Obstetrics, University College London; Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics, University College London Hospital 

Dr Tracey Mills, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, University of Manchester

Professor Julia Sanders, Professor of Clinical Nursing and Midwifery, University of Cardiff

Hannah Knight, National Maternity and Perinatal Audit Lead, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Co-opted: Dr Dharmintra Pasupathy, Reader in Maternal Fetal Medicine and Perinatal Epidemiology; Senior Clinical Lead for the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit

Dr Kate Walker, Clinical Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nottingham

Mehali Patel, Senior Research Officer, Sands

Dr Flora Jessop, Consultant Paediatric/Perinatal Pathologist and Associate Lecturer, University of Cambridge

Dr Lucy Smith, Associate Professor / NIHR Career Development Fellow, Department of Health Sciences, College of Life Sciences, University of Leicester

Dr Keelin O’Donoghue, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecology, INFANT Centre and Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Cork University Maternity Hospital; Senior Lecturer, University College Cork

Tara Pauley, Associate Director of Nursing, Pathway to Excellence Lea Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust d,

Dr Caroline Ovadia, Chadburn Clinical Lecturer in Women’s Health and Honorary Senior Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, King’s College London