What we research

Our research strategy

Borne’s research focuses on pregnancy and labour, and arising complications that may lead to preterm birth. 

We fund research into the causes of preterm birth in order to develop diagnostic, treatment and prevention strategies to reduce the rate of prematurity.  This spans discovery science through to the clinical trial of new medicines or treatment regimes.

Our work closely examines 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 for preterm birth.

Borne’s research is focused on the pregnancy period and the factors and conditions in pregnancy that may lead to preterm birth. We are particularly interested in fostering collaboration using carefully phenotyped samples as the unifier.

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.