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Reproduction, Development and Child Health Research

Reproduction, Development and Child Health Research

Our mission is to understand early life events from reproduction to childhood and early adulthood.

We want to maximise life-course health and wellbeing.

Our research looks at biological, socio-economic, behavioural, cultural and environmental factors.

These include:

  • factors occurring during preconception and development in utero
  • pregnancy and maternity-related factors
  • health, care and education factors and innovations

Consolidated expertise

This theme brings together research from all our institutes.

Including expertise in:

  • reproduction
  • fetal development
  • maternal health
  • child health
  • development

Our collective methodological expertise covers:

  • basic and life sciences
  • clinical and population health innovations and evaluations
  • epidemiology
  • behaviour change and social sciences
  • qualitative and mixed methods
  • translational research
  • implementation science

Overarching aims

We seek to improve health and wellbeing and life chances by pursuing the following aims:

  • advance our understanding of reproduction and development in utero and beyond
  • investigate the developmental origins of disease and health
  • develop new clinical innovations to improve reproductive outcomes, maternal care, and child health
  • investigate the impact many factors have on reproductive decisions, pregnancy outcomes and child health
  • inform healthcare, population health, and public health provision and policy

Our strengths

Our team fosters novel multidisciplinary, cross-sector research in close partnership with many stakeholders.

We enjoy pipelines for donations of gametes and embryos, and host unique population cohorts and databases.

We also draw on Newcastle’s considerable strengths in:

  • translating basic science to interventions
  • developing and evaluating complex interventions
  • influencing practice and public policy