Reproduction, Genes and Development

Clinical and Experimental Medicine RGD sectionLead: Professor Mark Kilby Email:

Reproduction, genes and development reflects three broad areas of research, education and clinical activity:

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Medical and Molecular Genetics

The complementary interests of each of these areas enable the theme to make a unique contribution through its research and teaching, to the healthcare of mothers and children in the whole of the West Midlands region.

Multidisciplinary reviews and trials on numerous aspects of care (both diagnostic and therapeutic) have been undertaken in aspects of Reproduction, Genes and Development. The School is home to the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reproductive Health, the only centre of its kind in the UK.

In addition, translational research is performed within the Wellcome-funded Clinical Research Facility within the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and the Paediatric Clinical Research Facility within the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the first of its kind in the UK.

Significant grant funding from the NIHR/HTA has allowed critical appraisal of the evidence and the initiation of clinical trials in areas as diverse as dysfunctional uterine bleeding, the detection of Group B steptococcus in pregnancy, the management of intractable pelvic pain in women, diagnostic tests in predicting hypertensive disease of pregnancy and intrauterine growth restriction and in-utero fetal therapy.

Major themes of research include: