The Borne Foundation

Cracking the code to end preterm birth

Every year, 10 million babies are born too soon. 1 million of them do not survive. Only by investing in research will we find the crucial answers that will ultimately prevent preterm birth, everywhere and forever.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1167073)

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Championed by The EQ Foundation


  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Medical ResearchMedical Research


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Infants (<2)Infants (<2)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls


United Kingdom


Premature birth is the leading cause of childhood death and disability worldwide. Yet we still don't know enough about what triggers premature labour, and the field of research is underfunded, overlooked and fragmented. Experts believe that the answers we are looking for lie in the gaps between different areas of scientific specialisation. Until we can bridge these gaps, uniting the different pieces of the puzzle to see the big picture, babies will continue to be born too soon.


Our goal is to encourage a collaboration between leading scientific experts from different areas of specialisation and focus. By working together, they will be able to create knowledge synergies which will enable a systematic study of the biological processes at the origin of labour. This harmonised approach will fuel new interventions to save babies' lives. We need to crack the code on preterm labour - because no baby's first day should be its hardest, or its last.

  • We do not understand what causes preterm birth. We've brought together all the experts from around the world to find the solution.

    — Professor Mark Johnson, Borne Founder