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The NPEU is an internationally recognised, multi-disciplinary research unit based at the University of Oxford, Old Road Campus in Headington, Oxford. The Unit undertakes research about pregnancy, childbirth and newborn babies. This is reflected in the backgrounds of the people working in the Unit (obstetrics, midwifery, paediatrics, epidemiology, social science, economics, statistics, programming, plus administrative and clerical staff). Funding is provided by grants from a variety of sources including the Department of Health Policy Research Programme, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), other funding agencies and medical research charities.

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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.