Scientific Governance

Scientific Governance

Scientific Advisory Board

A Scientific Advisory Board critically and independently reviews all research studies conducted at the Borne funded Preterm Birth Centre at Imperial College’s Chelsea and Westminster campus to assess scientific merit, and provides comment to the Board through the Chair on Borne’s ability to deliver its scientific mission and maintain scientific excellence.

This Board is chaired by Borne Trustee, Tom MacDonald. The Board meets twice a year, and will conduct a quinquennial review of the long-term funding, strategic direction and quality of the research at the centre in its fifth year.

Professor of Reproductive Medicine, University of Edinburgh
Professor of Reproductive and Maternal Medicine, University of Glasgow
Professor of Immunology, Barts and the London School of Medicine
Consultant Neonatologist at Homerton Hospital and Professor of Paediatrics, Barts and the London School of Medicine
Professor of Hepatology, University of Southampton

Use of animals in research

Borne’s research uses human cells and tissue in the main, and is carried out with patients’ active consent.  There are occasions where mice and other laboratory animals may be used. This is when in vivo modelling is necessary to advance our understanding of biological processes and to develop new treatments, and there are no alternatives available as it is not ethical to carry out these studies in humans.

Borne supports the Association of Medical Research Charities’ position on the use of animals in research: http://www.amrc.org.uk/publications/statement-on-the-use-of-animals-in-research