Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit
The University of Nottingham
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Global Health Research

We are increasingly developing expertise in global health studies, particularly focusing on low and middle income countries (LMICs) and neonatal care.  Our current portfolio of research builds upon work previously led by Professor Lelia Duley investigating the timing of cord clamping in low resource settings (the iCord project; publication currently in submission).

In 2018, our team were awarded two grants from the University of Nottingham Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to undertake feasibility work in developing an Early Warning Score system for babies "born too soon" (before 37 weeks). We conducted an observational study, collecting data on 294 infants over an 8-week period to understand current practice in essential newborn care, and a qualitative study.  The qualitative study involved focus groups involving 19 mothers and families of preterm infants and 20 stakeholders in a variety of roles, all involved in the care of or commissioning of healthcare for preterm infants, to understand the barriers and facilitators to providing essential newborn care.  Both parts of the study were conducted at the Kenyatta National Referral Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, with collaborators who co-developed the project.  The study culminated in a stakeholder meeting, hosted by the Ministry of Health in Kenya and the Kenya Paediatric Research Consortium (KEPRECON) to discuss how an early warning score system could be useful to monitor preterm infants more closely in the future.

The video here explains a little more about the project:


In addition to the work described above, we are currently running a 12-month project in Nairobi, Kenya and Varanasi, India to undertake a feasibility study for a randomised controlled trial investigating feeding strategies for preterm infants.  In addition, this project involves a methodological piece of work to consider how best we can train healthcare professionals and researchers in LMICs to undertake research.

This portfolio is being led by Eleanor Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Clinical Trials, and Jane Daniels, Professor of Clinical Trials, at the Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit in close collaboration with colleagues from within the School of Medicine (Dr Shalini Ojha, Clinical Associate Professor in Neonatal Medicine), School of Life Sciences (Dr Phoebe Pallotti, Associate Professor of Midwifery) and School of Education (Mary Oliver, Associate Professor of Science Education) at the University of Nottingham.

For further information about our portfolio of global health work please contact


Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit

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