Maternal BMI in early pregnancy and incidences of CP in NI



Project Title

Investigation of the link between maternal body mass index in early pregnancy and incidence of cerebral palsy in Northern Ireland


Research Focus:

Maternal and Child Health 

Funder & Dates

QUB School of MDBS Scholarship (2018-2019)

Principal Investigator or Primary Supervisor (if PhD project)

Dr Kelly-Ann Eastwood

Co-Investigators or additional supervisors

 Prof Ian Young , Dr Claire Kerr, Dr Oliver Perra

Research Fellow(s) or PhD Student


Name & Institution of Collaborators


Name of External Partner Organisations

 Honest Broker Service (Health and Social Care Business Services Organisation)

Northern Ireland Cerebral Palsy Register (NICPR)

Description of Project:

Aim; Methods; Expected Outcomes


This study aims to establish if there an association between early pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and rates incidence of cerebral palsy in Northern Ireland.

Methods: Anonymised data linkage project between the Northern Ireland Maternity Information System (NIMATS) and the NICPR using the Honest Broker Service (HBS) for Health and Social Care (HSC).


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