HC Deb 20 November 1979 vol 974 cc131-4W
Mr. John Grant

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what studies his Department has made concerning perinatal and neonatal mortality; and what action he will take to try to improve the situation.

Dr. Vaughan

The medical research council, from funds provided by the Department of Education and Science and the Health Departments, is the main Government-funded body supporting research relevant to perinatal and neonatal mortality. In 1978–79 it spent £933,721 on this research. Details are given below. Other Government-funded research is supported by universities and hospital medical schools.

The needs of research in these fields is reviewed from time to time as part of the process for orderly review of progress and needs of research over the whole field of medicine undertaken by the medical research council and the Health Departments.

The Department also directly supports research into health and personal social services aspects of these conditions and in the same year this expenditure totalled £260,000.

Perinatal and neonatal mortality have shown a decline in recent years, but the causes remain complex: we hope that research now being undertaken will contribute to further improvements in the years ahead.


Dr. C. C. Booth—Clinical Research Centre, Harrow

Professor H. J. Evans—MRC Clinical and Population Cytogenetics Unit, Edinburgh

Dr. C. O. Carter—MRC Clinical Genetics Unit, London Study of Isoenzymes in leukaemic cells.

Dr. R. G. Whitehead, Dunn Nutrition Unit, Cambridge Epidemiological studies of nutritional status in pregnant and lactating women and their infants and other groups at risk in the United Kingdom.

Dr. R. S. Bray—MRC Laboratories, The Gambia, West Africa Infantile diarrhoea.

Dr. G. R. Sergeant—MRC Laboratories, Jamaica

Professor R. Illsley—MRC Medical Sociology Unit, Aberdeen Maternal and Neonatal Data Bank.

Dr. T. Lind—Newcastle-upon-Tyne Maternal physiological adaptations during normal and abnormal pregnancy and their relation to fetal growth and development.

Dr. H. C. Whittle—Zaria, Nigeria Immunological study of measles and malnutrition, and meningococcal infection.

Professor J. Dobbing—Manchester University Vulnerable periods in developing brain.

Dr. Margaret Ounsted—Oxford University Studies of fetal growth rate and the long term effects of obstetric and medical care in at risk pregnancies.

Dr. E. N. Thompson—Welsh National School of Medicine, Cardiff Participation in the MRC Childhood Leukaemia Trials.

Professor D. Hull—Nottingham University Radiant heat exchanges between human newborn infants and their environments.

Dr. J. Martin—Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool Participation in clinical trials and investigations of childhood Leukaemia and nephroblastoma.

Professor R. R. A. Coombs—Cambridge University Modified anaphylactic reaction to cows milk as a cause of cot death.

Professor S. Campbell—King's College Hospital Medical School, London Fetal welbeing in diabetic women; assessment by ultrasound head to abdomen ratio and fetal breathing measurements.

Dr. T. Lind—Newcastle upon Tyne University Maternal physiological adaptations during normal and abnormal pregnancy and their relation to fetal growth and development.

Dr. A. D. Bain—Edinburgh University The contribution of chromosome abnormalities to stillbirths, neonatal deaths and abortions over 20 weeks gestation.

Dr. Pauline M. Emerson—Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford Leaukaemia trials.

Professor E. O. R. Reynolds—University College Hospital Medical School, London Detection of brain-damage in newborn infants by ultrasound.

Dr. D. P. Southall—Cardiothoracic Institute, London Are newborn infants with cardiac arrhythmias, prolonged aphoea, or both, at excess risk of sudden infant death?


Professor E. Alberman—London Medical College A project to measure the success of medical care in reducing the morbidity as well as mortality of babies weighing 2,000g or less at birth.

Professor J. Knowelden—Sheffield University Multicentre study of post-perinatal mortality.

Dr. I. Chalmers—National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Oxford Confidential enquiries into perinatal deaths and documentation, validation and co-ordination of local perinatal survey data.

Professor F. Harris—Liverpool University Liverpool congenital malformation register.

Professor R. E. A. Mapes—Medical Sociology Research Centre, Swansea University Advice to parents during the ante-natal period.

Dr. A. Baldwin—Unit of Clinical Epidemiology, Oxford Effect of termination of pregnancy on subsequent pregnancy outcome and long-term morbidity.

Dr. C. Kay—Royal College of General Practitioners Study of sequelae of abortion.