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Fetal Medicine Clinical Study Group

Information on the Fetal Medicine Clinical Study Group (CSG)

Sponsor: British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society (BMFMS)

Chair: Dr Ed Johnstone

Aims of the Fetal Medicine CSG

Rapid technological advances have resulted in huge potential for change in the diagnosis and management of fetal problems. Many of these problems are rare, so multicentre and multidisciplinary teamwork is needed to evaluate these advances before they can become part of standard practice. The Fetal Medicine CSG provides a multidisciplinary research network to support trials and other multicentre research studies in fetal medicine in the UK. The executive group comprises fetal medicine specialists, paediatricians and paediatric surgeons, epidemiologists and members of lay organisations.

The Fetal Medicine CSG meets approximately every 6 months and aims to:

  • Identify priorities for research in fetal medicine and related areas
  • Propose, develop, obtain funding for and work as a team to deliver new trials and other appropriate studies to improve care given in UK fetal medicine units
  • Initiate, deliver to time and target, and disseminate the results of these studies.
  • Consider studies proposed by members of the Fetal Medicine CSG and other affiliated groups
  • Provide specific advice to investigators and potential investigators
  • Encourage consumer involvement to ensure research delivered meets all stakeholder needs

Research proposals

We are keen to consider all ideas for research and request that all proposals are summarised on the CSG proposal form and submitted well in advance of any submission for funding, so that we can give our support where appropriate. If you would like to propose a study for consideration by the Fetal Medicine CSG please complete the project proforma (Word document) and email it to Dr Ed Johnstone.


For specific enquiries, or if you would like to become a member of the Fetal Medicine CSG, please email Dr Ed Johnstone.

Further information

For information about other CSGs, please visit the Clinical Study Groups page.


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