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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).