Since 2011 the BMFMS has funded, with Wellbeing of Women and the Royal College of Midwives, a number of Entry Level Scholarships. The aim of these is to enable graduates to train in basic science, clinical or translational research
The aim of Entry-Level Research Scholarships is 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 are normally within a few years of graduation, and have not previously been involved in substantial research projects. Scholarships are a single payment up to a maximum of £20,000 to go towards salary and/or laboratory costs. Successful completion of an Entry-Level Research Scholarship is viewed positively should an applicant subsequently choose to apply for a Wellbeing of Women Research Training Fellowship.
In 2014 Dr Jane Currie from University College London was awarded £19,765 to perform research to answer the question 'Do pregnant women with abdominal pain have urine infection that our current tests do not detect?'
Successful past applicants are
Dr Natalie Suff, UCL Institute for Women’s Health
Prevention of premature labour by reducing infection within the womb
Mrs Josephine Mary Holleran, University of Central Lancashire
Does the use of computers in birthing rooms affect the care that women receive during childbirth?
Dr Stephanie Worton, St Mary’s Hospital, University of Manchester
Does decreased kynurenine in pre-eclampsia contributes to poor relaxation of blood vessels?
Miss Kerry Evans, University of Nottingham
The development of a health instrument to identify women who experience stress and anxiety during their pregnancy
Mrs Catherine Collins, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cardiovascular risk, endothelial function and vascular stiffness in women 2 years after pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction: A prospective case control study.
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