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Health & Social Care Research Across North East & North Cumbria.

Reproductive Health

Meet the Team

One of the largest recruiting specialties in the Clinical Research Network portfolio, reproductive health covers a full range of sub-specialties that are associated with gynaecological health including; maternal-fetal medicine, gynaecological disorders (fibroids, menstruation and endometriosis), gynaecology, reproductive medicine, family planning and post-birth medical treatment.

As over 700,000 women give birth in the UK each year, the clinical research portfolio’s research areas include; birth defects, developmental disorders, low birth weight, preterm birth and fertility or impotence problems.

Steve Pratt

Research delivery manager

CRN North East and North Cumbria

Dr Aethele Khunda

Reproductive health and childbirth specialty group lead

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Steve Pratt's research experience

I am the research delivery manager for children and young people's research, which includes schools, reproductive health and childbirth, genetics, mental health and dementias and neurodegenerative disease specialties for CRN NENC. Since joining the NIHR CRN in 2008 I have worked in a number of operational and strategic leadership roles supporting the delivery of health and care research.

Prior to joining the NIHR I worked as a postdoctoral academic researcher at Durham University and The University of Sheffield within the field of biomedical sciences. I am passionate about enabling the development, delivery and implementation of research that impacts positively on health and care outcomes, through partnership working. Tips to get involved in research include contacting your research and development and CRN specialty team and speak to colleagues who are already involved in research about their experiences.

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Dr Aethele Khunda's research experience

I am a consultant urogynecologist at South Tees since 2008 with a masters degree in health research from Leeds University. I got involved in research in the North East and North Cumbria from day one. I have been grant holder and principle investigator for many studies as well as published many peer reviewed articles. I have been specialty group lead for reproductive health and childbirth in NENC since 2017.

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How to get involved


Visit the national specialty page here

Become a research champion

Become a reproductive health and childbirth research champion, a dedicated nurse or midwife in the North East and North Cumbria who use their knowledge and experience to deliver research that benefits patients, fosters collaborative learning and provides development opportunities for staff. More information can be found through contacting Aethele, specialty group lead for reproductive health.

Watch this webinar

Watch this webinar to learn more about becoming involved in obtaining a research professorship.

Be Part of Research

Signpost patients to Be Part of Research and encourage colleagues to do the same.

Read publications

If you have a research idea, have a look through the NIHR journals, where you can identify gaps in the evidence base and a niche for your proposal.