Skip to main content
Twins Trust/ BMFMS Bursaries

Twins Trust / BMFMS Bursaries

Twins Trust (formerly TAMBA) & BMFMS joint funded bursaries 

For the 2018-19 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. TAMBA has noted several priority areas for the 2019 awards (see below), but all projects related to any aspects of research or quality improvement in multiple pregnancy will be considered. Applications will be marked by a panel with representation from TAMBA and the BMFMS Committee.

TAMBA priority areas for 2019:

  1. How does continuity of carer delivery a better experience for mothers and babies in multiple pregnancy?
  2. The role of ultrasound and Doppler in reduced fetal movements in twins
  3. The effectiveness of different growth charts in multiple pregnancy
  4. New approaches in multiple pregnancy research

Applicants must have been members of the BMFMS for at least 6 months prior to the application closing date. The successful 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 10th October to 22nd November 2018 . Applications will be reviewed by BMFMS committee members, with representation from TAMBA, and applicants informed of the results in January 2019.

The application form is available for download HERE.


TAMBA & BMFMS joint funded bursaries 2018-19 round

Dr Brenda F Narice

Academic Unit of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine, University of Sheffield


Exploring Novel Techniques for the Prediction of Spontaneous Preterm Birth in Multiple Pregnancies.


Lindsay M Kindinger

Department of Fetal and Maternal Medicine, Institute for Women's Health, University College London


Quantitative fetal fibronectin, cervical length and vaginal microbiota for the prediction of preterm birth in twin pregnancies undergoing fetal laser surgery.

This bursary was awarded  in memory of Eva Boyle, a much-missed, forever-loved twin.


TAMBA & BMFMS joint funded bursaries 2017-18 round

Dr R. Katie Morris

Academic Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,Birmingham Women’s Hospital


Development of a core outcome set (COS) for multiple pregnancy studies: part of the ‘COMET’ initiative to standardise outcomes collected in research


Prof. Alexander Heazell

Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, University of Manchester


Evaluating Risk Antenatally in Twin Pregnancies – A Pilot Study

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. Please see the interim report HERE.


Dr Andrew Sharp

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


Examining the myometrial transcriptome in twin pregnancy. Please see interim report HERE


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. Please see interim report HERE.


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.