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Welcome to the NPEU

The National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit - Conducting robust research to improve care for mothers, babies and families since 1978

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The Policy Research Unit in Maternal and Neonatal Health and Care (PRU-MNHC) began a programme of work in January 2019 with funding from the Policy Research Programme at the Department of Health and Social Care (England) via the National Institute for Health Research.

Clinical Trials Unit

The NPEU Clinical Trials Unit (NPEU CTU) is a fully registered UKCRC Clinical Trials Unit and typically runs a number of large multi-centre Randomised Controlled Trials.


The NPEU also conducts Social Sciences, Health Economics and Epidemiological Research (SHEER) which includes on-going influential studies.

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NPEU to host midwifery student internship as part of NIHR Undergraduate Internship Programme

Alessandra Morelli, UKMidSS Research Midwife, has been awarded funding in the first round of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Undergraduate Internship Programme which will support the hosting of a student midwife intern in NPEU later this year. The funding provided by the new scheme, which is designed to engage and attract students from underrepresented professions to consider a career in research, will enable a student midwife to undertake a paid internship for two weeks with the UK Midwifery Study System (UKMidSS) team.