Joint BMFMS/TAMBA Bursary 





TAMBA & BMFMS joint funded bursaries 2017-18 round

For the 2017-18 round of Bursaries, BMFMS and TAMBA (Twins and Multiple Births Association) are again pleased to announce two joint research bursaries to a maximum value of £20,000 each.

Preference will be given to research that addresses one or more of the following five priorities identified by TAMBA this year:
1. Research into antenatal risk factors/red flags that predict poor outcomes in multiple
2. A needs analysis of information and emotional support that women and partners valued
or would have valued in multiple pregnancy.
3. Outcomes, standards and measurements of aneuploidy screening (NIPT, combined test,
nuchal) in twin and higher order pregnancies.
4. Core outcome set for research projects.
5. The incidence and economic & emotional impact of multiples being in separate neonatal
Applicants must have been members of the BMFMS for at least 6 months prior to the application closing date. Thesuccessful applicant(s) will be expected to acknowledge BMFMS/TAMBA when presenting their work, submit an interim report at 1/2 years and a Final report at 2/3 years, as appropriate.
Applications will be received from 11th October to 24th November 2017. Applications will be reviewed by BMFMS committee members, with representation from TAMBA, and applicants informed of the results in January 2018.
The application form is available for download here


TAMBA & BMFMS joint funded bursaries 2016-17 round


Dr Asma Khalil, Fetal Medicine Unit, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, St. George's Hospital, London


Emergency Cerclage in Twin pregnancies at Imminent Risk of Preterm Birth: an Open-Label Randomised Controlled Trial


Dr Andrew Sharp,Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Liverpool Women’s Hospital.


Examining the myometrial transcriptome in twin pregnancy


Applicants were asked to meet some/all of the following TAMBA recommended research themes.


  • Comparing different approaches to the implementation of the NICE multiple birth guidance with a focus on outcomes, cost, skill mix and service model.
  • Use of cerclage (cervical stitch) in multiple pregnancies.
  • Fetal medicine developments aimed at improving the management of multiple pregnancies.




TAMBA & BMFMS joint funded bursaries 2015-16 round

Dr Katie Morris Senior Lecturer Maternal Fetal Medicine, Professor Mark Kilby, Professor of Fetal Medicine ,Centre for Women’s and Newborn’s Health, Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, University of Birmingham & Professor Marian Knight, NIHR Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health, NPEU, University of Oxford



A prospective observational study using UKOSS of cases of single twin demise (SIUFD) (>14 weeks) in MC twin pregnancies in the UK, including adverse maternal, fetal and perinatal consequences and prognostic factors. Please see interim report here


Dr Asma Khalil, Consultant in Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics, Fetal Medicine Unit, St George's University of London


A case-control study of neurodevelopmental outcome in twin pregnancies with complications. including twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome single intrauterine death, selective intrauterine growth restriction, twin reversed arterial perfusion sequence and twin anaemia polycythemia sequence.


Dr Therese Hannon, Consultant in Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics, Department of Fetal Medicine, Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust

£19,972 – this bursary is fully funded by TAMBA

A retrospective study to determine the prevalence of MCMA twin and triplet (any chorionicity) pregnancies using population-based NorSTAMP and STORK data for 2000-2013, and to compare birth outcomes and clinical management of these pregnancies across the NE and with those from the STORK multiple pregnancy cohort and also before and after the publication of the NICE guidelines.

Please see Dr Hannon's interim report here

Applicants were asked to meet some/all of the following TAMBA recommended research themes.

Commission clinical research that seeks to identify if additional information and emotional support improves outcomes in twin and triplet pregnancies.

Commission research that seeks to identify if specialist twin pregnancy growth charts have an impact on clinical outcomes.

Establish the role of Doppler ultrasound in the management of sIUGR, TTTS, TAPS and ‘term’ pregnancies

Commission research that seeks to identify if specialist antenatal care for women with twin and triplet pregnancies improve outcomes for women and their babies.

Commission research that identifies if an emergency cerclage is effective in delaying very premature (before 24 weeks) delivery.

Commission research that identifies the incidence of monochorionic monoamniotic twin and triplet pregnancies, and the most effective clinical management strategies for them.

Commission research that identifies the most effective long term treatments for Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS), sIUGR, and the surviving twin following the death of the co-twin.

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