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Reproduction, Development and Child Health

Our research increases understanding of key early life events influencing life-course health and well-being.

Our mission is to maximise life-course health and wellbeing for all through research into early life events and related interventions. 

We aim to identify important early life factors that drive life-course health and morbidity. Our work ranges from biological to behavioural and social factors, and our particular strength are studies that integrate factors across these domains to a holistic biopsychosocial inquiry.

We are developing novel, effective therapeutic and population interventions to target these factors. 

We want to advance health technologies and infrastructure to capture and use early life routine data in research and innovation. 

Research areas

Our research extends from preconception and reproduction to pregnancy, fetal development, childhood and early adulthood. We integrate methods and expertise from basic and life sciences, clinical and translational sciences, and population health. We enjoy pipelines for donations of gametes and embryos, and host unique population cohorts and databases. 


Who we work with

Our approach is highly collaborative, curious and outward looking. We embrace interdisciplinary exchanges as an opportunity to generate new ideas, knowledge and innovations. 

We work together with colleagues and partners across sectors locally, nationally and internationally. Much of our research is designed and carried out in collaboration with the NHS, patients and the public. You can read about our latest activities on our blog

We are also closely connected to other research groups within the University:

Where We Will Go

A short video and animation to articulate the experience of losing a twin from a multiple pregnancy. It builds on Professor Judith Rankin’s previous research with parents and health professionals, and Professor Anne Whitehead’s research on memory and grief, find out more

The project was run in partnership with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary and with the affiliated charity Tiny Lives. The film was funded by the Humanities and Social Sciences Impact Fund and the Tilly Hale Fund within the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University. It won the 2023 Newcastle University Engagement and Place award for 'Engaging for Health, Well-being and Societal Benefit'.