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 for further information

You can find minutes from past meetings below

Who’s involved?

  • Chair: Dr Sarah Stock, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Maternal and Fetal Health, Honorary Consultant and Subspecialist in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, The University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Gordon Smith, Consultant Obstetrician and Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Cambridge University
  • Professor Baskarin Thilaganathan, Consultant Obstetrician and Professor of Fetal Medicine, St George’s Hospital, University of London
  • Professor Steve CharnockJones, 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 Julia Sanders, Professor of Clinical Nursing & Midwifery, Consultant Midwife, School of Healthcare Sciences, University of Cardiff
  • Dr Alyson Hunter, Consultant Obstetrician, The Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital, Belfast
  • Professor Alexander Heazell, Consultant Obstetrician and Lecturer in Obstetrics, University of Manchester
  • Professor Jane Sandall, Professor of Women’s Health, King’s College London
  • Dr Dimitrios Siassakos, Associate Professor and Reader in Obstetrics, University College London, and Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics, University College London Hospital 
  • Dr Flora Jessop, Consultant Paediatric Pathologist, Addenbrokes Hospital, Cambridge
  • Dr Lucy Smith, Senior Research Fellow, University of Leicester
  • Dr Hannah Knight, National Maternity and Perinatal Audit Lead, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Dr Kate Walker, Clinical Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Tracey Mills, Lecturer in Midwifery, The University of Manchester
  • Dr Dharmintra Pasupathy, consultant in obstetrics and maternal and fetal medicine, Guy’s and Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant in Maternal & Fetal Medicine and Perinatal Epidemiology, Department of Women and Children's Health, King's College London
  • Janet Scott, Research and Prevention Lead, Sands
  • Mehali Patel, Senior Research Officer, Sands