BUAFTA Charity

Donate in lieu of BUAFTA raffle tickets! 100 per cent of the proceeds from the raffle will go towards our miscarriage research, led by Professor Arri Coomarasamy.

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Miscarriage is by far the biggest cause of pregnancy loss in the UK, with one in four pregnancies ending in this way. 85 per cent of miscarriages happen in the first 12 weeks, but there is little known about how and why they occur, leaving couples grieving with few answers and little support. The University is leading a collaboration to fund much-needed research into early miscarriage at the Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Research, which is the first of its kind in the UK. 

Miscarriage is the most common complication of pregnancy but also a deeply personal and often isolating experience for women and couples. Many questions remain unanswered. Here in Birmingham we're determined to find the answers. The centre will seek to understand why miscarriage happens, if it is likely to happen again, how to prevent it, and how to provide appropriate aftercare. By supporting the centre you could help fund the following research:

  • Genetic causes including a possible connection to damaged DNA in sperm
  • Role of bacteria in miscarriage – new understanding of the role of the oral, gut and vaginal microbiomes in shaping early pregnancy outcomes
  • Predicting the risk of miscarriage by developing sophisticated computerised risk prediction models that pull together clinical data from across the UK
  • Identifying the best ways to support women who have experienced miscarriage

Raffles not your thing? Don’t fancy your chances of winning? You can still help support this amazing work, taking place right here on campus, by making a donation in lieu of buying raffle tickets.