What we research

Our research strategy

The research that Borne funds is focused on the pregnancy period and the factors and conditions in pregnancy that may lead to preterm birth. 

We seek to deepen our knowledge of the biological processes of pregnancy and childbirth to better understand the significance of changes in the maternal environment throughout pregnancy and define the mechanisms involved in normal and abnormal labour.

Only by understanding the normal process can we begin to understand the abnormal and identify markers of risk in women that are likely to deliver their babies preterm.

This understanding is fundamental to the development of diagnostic, treatment and prevention strategies to reduce the rate of preterm birth.

We are particularly interested in research that has translational potential for patient benefit. We do not directly participate in research associated with assisted conception, or areas of maternal health that are not directly linked to pregnancy or birth; service delivery research also falls outside our remit.