Read more about our research collaborations.

The Doctoral Midwifery Research Society (DMRS)

The DMRS was founded by Professor Marlene Sinclair in 2007 and is funded by the Northern Ireland Public Health Agency HSC/R&D Office. The main aim of the DMRS is to provide a platform for dissemination of maternal and child health research (ideally but not exclusively) at pre and post-doctoral level. It is an open resource of support and information for all childbirth researchers from every nationality and country in the world.

World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for the Surveillance of Congenital Anomalies

The Centre for Maternal, Fetal and Infant Health (MFIR) is home to the Central Registry of the European Surveillance of Congenital Anomaly Network, which is designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for the Surveillance of Congenital Anomalies (November 2002-May 2015).

In this capacity the MFIR assists the WHO in implementing the resolution WHA63.17 of the 63rd World Health Assembly (2010) on birth defects at both a European and global level.

The MFIR centre also assists the WHO in implementing its strategy for the prevention and control of non‐communicable diseases (NCDs action plan 2008‐2013).

For further information on the role of WHO Collaborating Centres please see their website.

ENCePP Centre

We are a partner centre of the ENCePP scientific network which is coordinated by the European Medicines Agency.

We are dedicated to excellence in research by adhering to the ENCePP Guide on Methodological Standards and promoting scientific independence and transparency.

We register studies in the ENCePP E-Register of Studies, a publicly accessible resource for the registration of pharmacoepidemiological and pharmacovigilance studies.

Academic Organisations partnering in Maternal Health and Mothers in Myanmar

‘Birth across the Borders: exploring contextual education as a catalyst for improved maternal and infant health’ is an international study exploring the role of contextual and cultural factors in maternal health.

This global research initiative led by Ulster is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund through the Economic and Social Research Council and is focused on reducing maternal and infant mortality through education and training.

The project will run from 2020-2024 and Ulster is funding two PhD studentships to support the research.

Academic partners include staff from:

  • Chiang Mai University Faculty of Nursing
  • Yangon University of Nursing
  • Queen’s University Belfast

The project has strong links with the local community and local organizations working across many contextual and cultural borders. These partners include international NGO’s and local partners working on the ground in remote and rural areas of Myanmar to address development challenges including poor health, poverty, limited socio-economic opportunities and a lack of access to clean water and sanitation.

Ulster University is working in collaboration with all our partners to improve the health and well-being of communities at risk of these challenges and to enhance educational and socio-economic opportunities.

Academic Organisations partnered in the CONCEPTION Project

  • Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht (UMCU)
  • University of Ulster (ULST)
  • Uppsala Universitet (UPPS),
  • Biobanks and Biomolecular Resources research Infrastructure Consortium (BBMRI-ERIC)
  • Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna (UNIBO)
  • The European Institute for Innovation through Health Data (iHD)
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL)
  • Stichting Lareb (LAREB)
  • Agenzia Regional di Sanita Tuscany (ARS)
  • Karolinska Institutet (KI)
  • The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NUTH)
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)
  • Universitetet I Oslo (UOSL)
  • St George’s Hospital Medical School (SGUL)
  • European Institute for Women’s Health, CLG (EIWH)
  • Academisch Ziekenhuis Groningen (UMCG)
  • Orcion BV (ORC),
  • Institut National de la Santé Et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM)
  • Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse (CHUT)
  • Università degli Studi di Ferrara (FERR)
  • Swansea University (USWAN)
  • Universite de Geneve (UNIGE)
  • Stichting ENTIS (European Network Teratology Information Services) Foundation (ENTIS),
  • The University of Manchester (UMAN)
  • Stockholms Lans Landsting (SCC)
  • Terveyden Ja Hyvinvoinnin Laitos – National Institute for Health and Welfare (NIHW)
  • Consiglio Nazionale Delle Richerche – CNR Institute of Clinical Physiology (CNR-IFC)
  • Fundacion Para El Fomento De La Investigacion Sanitaria Y Biomedica De La Comunitat Valenciana (FISABIO)

Pharmaceutical Organizations attached to CONCEPTION

  • Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • BioNotus (BioNotus)
  • European Forum for Good Clinical Practice (EFGCP)
  • The Synergist (Synergist)
  • Elevate BV (Elevate)
  • The European Medicines Agency (EMA)
  • ttopstart (TTOP)
  • Janssen Pharmaceutica NV (JAN),
  • Novartis Pharma AG (NVS)
  • Sanofi-Aventis Recherche & Developpement (SARD)
  • Takeda Development Centre Europe Ltd. (Takeda)
  • GlaxoSmithKline Research and Development Ltd. (GSK)
  • Eli Lilly and Company Limited (Lilly)
  • Pfizer Limited (Pfizer)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Corp (BMS)
  • Merck Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien (Merck)
  • Novo Nordisk A/S (Novo)
  • UCB Biopharma SPRL (UCB)
  • AbbVie Inc (AbbVie)
  • Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs A/S (Ellegaard)
  • Covance Laboratories LTD (Covance)
  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (Teva)

Academic Organisations partnered in EUROlinkCAT Project

  • Klinika za dječje bolesti Zagreb, Croatia
  • Hospital Lillebaelt Region Syddanmark, Denmark
  • Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland
  • Ulster University, UK
  • St George's, University of London, UK
  • Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Italy
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Institute of Clinical Physiology, Italy
  • Newcastle University, UK
  • Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen, Netherlands
  • Fundación para el Fomento de la Investigación Sanitaria Y Biomédica de la Comunitat Valenciana, Spain
  • University of Leicester, UK
  • Instituto Nacional de Saude Dr. Ricardo Jorge, Portugal
  • Ministry for Health, Malta
  • Terveyden ja hyvinvoinnin laitos, Finland
  • Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale, France
  • University of Oxford, UK
  • University of Bristol, UK
  • Asociacion Instituto Biodonostia, Spain
  • Provinciaal Instituut voor Hygiëne, Belgium
  • Hospitalier Universitaire de la Réunion, France
  • Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Germany
  • Swansea University, UK
  • Public Health Wales National Health Service Trust, UK
  • Princess Anne Hospital, UK
  • International Charitable Fund Omni-Net for Children, Ukraine
  • University of Bergen, Norway

Academic Organisations attached to EUROmediCAT Project

  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands (
  • University of Bath, UK (
  • University Medical Centre Groningen, The Netherlands (
  • Uniwersytet Medyczny im Karola Marcinkowskiego w Poznaniu, Poland (
  • Swansea University, UK (
  • Queen Mary and Westfield college, University of London, UK (

Governmental Organisations attached to EUROmediCAT Project

  • Region Syddanmark
  • Hospital Lillebaelt, Denmark (
  • Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, Italy (

Academic Organisations attached to EUROCAT Project

  • Medical University of Graz, Austria
  • Children's University Hospital Zagreb, Croatia
  • French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM U953), France
  • Universite de Strasbroug, France
  • University Medical Centre of the Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany
  • Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany
  • Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria di Ferrara, Italy
  • Children's University Hospital, Latvia · University Medical Centre Groningen, The Netherlands ( · Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands ( · Uniwersytet Medyczny im Karola Marcinkowskiego w Poznaniu, Poland (
  • University Medical Centre, Slovenia
  • University of Leicester, UK
  • University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK · Queen Mary and Westfield college, University of London, UK (
  • The Chancellor, Masters & Scholars of the University of Oxford, UK
  • Southampton University Hospitals Trust, UK

Governmental Organisations attached to EUROCAT Project

  • Provinciaal Instituut voor Hygiene,Belgium
  • Institut de Recherche Scinetifique en Pathologie et en Genetique, Belgium · Region Syddanmark, Hospital Lillebaelt, Denmark (
  • National Institute for Welfare and Health, Finland
  • National Institute of Health Development, Hungary
  • Health Service Executive, Ireland
  • Azienda Ospedaliero Rilievo Nazional "G Rummo", Italy
  • Istitututo Superiore di Sanita, Italy · Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, Italy (
  • The Centre of Health Economics, Latvia
  • Department of Health Information and Research, Malta
  • Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway
  • Instituto Nacional de Saude Dr Ricardo Jorge, Portugal
  • Agencia de Salut Publica de Barcelona, Spain
  • Fundacion Vasca de Innovacion e Investigacion Sanitarias, Spain
  • Fundacio Centre de Recerca en Epidemiologia Ambiental, Spain
  • Asociacion Espanola para el Registro y Estdio de las Malformaciones Congenitas, Spain
  • Centre Superior de Investigacion en Salud Publica, Spain
  • Public Health Wales, UK