EPICure study page

The collection of data for the first EPICure study was between March and December 1995.  We continued collecting data in three areas for a further 2 months so we had full year data for part of the country.

The study was coordinated from Homerton Hospital by Professor Kate Costeloe,  helped by Fiona Stacey, and from The Jessop Hospital for Women by Dr Alan Gibson, supported by Sally Carne.

All the subsequent follow up studies were coordinated by Professor Neil Marlow from the University of Nottingham based at Queen's Medical Centre.

The Study Manager until September 2010 was Heather Palmer, who organised all the mailing and appointments and was the key member of the research team. 

From November 2010, and following Professor Marlow's appointment to University College London, the study office moved to the UCL Institute for Women's Health and Laura McCormack has taken over as Study Manager.

The lead investigators for the study phases have been: 

 2 year study:

  • Dr Nicolas Wood (EPICure Research Fellow)
    Team:  Amanda Bennett, North West, Lindsay Logie, Scotland, Michele Cruwys, NW Thames, Bala Mallya, SW Thames, Moira Dick, SE Thames, Ruth Macgregor, Yorkshire/North East, Sandra Egan & Ximena Poblete, NE Thames, Jane Schulte , South West, Alison Livingstone , Northern Ireland/Eire
    Training: Clare Lawson
    Statistics: Enid Hennessy
    Funding: Serono Laboratories Ltd; BLISS, the premature baby charity

6 year study: 

  • Dr Melanie Bracewell & Ms Catherine Bamford (EPICure Research Fellows)
    Team: Michele Cruwys, London; Helen Betteridge, Isabel Tsverik, North & Midlands; Margaret Morris, Orla Flanagan, Maria Morahan, North West; Lesley McDonald, Hanna Bruhn, Scotland; Ruth MacGregor, Mrs Sandra Johnson, South West; Emma Luck , Midlands & South; Iliana Magiati, Margaret Morton, London; Sue Thomas, North East 
    Advisor: Prof Dieter Wolke (Co-investigator), Muthana Samara
    Statistics: Enid Hennessy
    Funding:  Bliss, the Health Foundation, Wellbeing of Women
    EPICure Steering group: external members
    Prof Phillip Steer (chair), Dr. Ian Laing, Prof Peter Pharoah, Prof A Wilkinson, Dr M Lewins

10-11 year study: 

  • Dr Samantha Johnson & Dr Joe Fawke (EPICure Research Fellows)
    Team: Sue Thomas, Vicky Rowell, Becky Smith, Rebecca Trikic
    ICH Team:   Sooky Lum, Ah Fong Hoo, Liam Walsh, Jane Kirby, Suellen Walker
    Advisors: Prof Janet Stocks (Co-applicant), Prof Dieter Wolke, Prof Chris Hollis, Prof John Cockroft, Dr Carmel McEniery.
    Statistics:  Enid Hennessy, Sadia Haider
    Genetics Study: Hugh Montgomery, Christina Hubbart, Lucy Raymond (with thanks to the Bailey Thomas Foundation who have funded the genetic analyses)
    Funding: MRC
    MRC EPICure Steering group: Prof. Peter Brocklehurst (chair), Prof. Richard Cooke, Prof. Andy Bush, Dr Maggie Redshaw, Prof Kate Costeloe, Prof. Janet Stocks, Dr Samantha Johnson, Prof. David Taylor, Prof. Elizabeth Draper, Enid Hennessy, Dr Richard Morton, Dr Noreen Maconochie, Jane Abbott (Bliss), Dr Tamanna Moore, David and Alison Matthews, Nigel and Dianne Turner.