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Our Research

At Swansea Immunology research lab we are led by Principal Investigator Professor Cathy Thornton. Our group is comprised of undergraduate & postgraduate project students, PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, research assistants and lecturers. We have several research projects underway with a common theme of immunology in pregnancy and women's health.


Our ongoing projects include themes of heat and pregnancy (MAGENTA consortia), pollution in pregnancy (RESPIRE consortia), gestational diabetes diagnostics, endometriosis & PCOS, antidepressants in pregnancy, placental dysfuction, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in Pregnancy, among many more. We have funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Wellcome, Diabetes UK, MS Society among others.

Our interests in these areas also supports global challenges research related to improving maternal and neonatal health outcomes.

Actively recruiting studies

We're currently recruiting participants for several research studies.

Please click on a study below to learn more.

Industrial Smoke

Pollution in Pregnancy


Heat & Inflammation

Vaping & Inflammation




Nursing Newborn



Running Outdoors



Latest Publications

Endometriosis: how the condition may be linked to the immune system

Endometriosis is a debilitating condition which affects 10% of women worldwide. The condition can have a serious affect on a person’s quality of life, often causing a range of symptoms including chronic pain, fatigue and pain during sex.

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