Fertility Week (28th October – 3rd November 2019) is a fantastic campaign from Fertility Network UK to open up the conversation about various aspects of conception. Each day focuses on a topic:
|Mon 28 Oct – #MentalMatters|
|Tue 29 Oct – #FertilityInTheWorkplace; Employee rights.|
|Wed 30 Oct – #MenMatter|
|Thu 31 Oct – #FertilityEducation|
|Fri 1 – Sun 3 Nov – #TheFertilityShow (see us at stand H16!)|
|Sat 2 Nov – #WorldFertilityDay|
Our research has developed the global understanding of fertility and why things can go wrong with pregnancy. An overview:
- In 1977, a doctor from Buenos Aires, Raul Margara, joined Professor Winston at Hammersmith and formed a major reproductive research group which welcomed science graduates from across the world to train there.
- Genesis Research Trust began raising funds in 1978, helping Professor Winston’s research group expand.
- In 1980, Stephen Hillier joined Winston’s group, leading many scientific contributions to improve IVF and infertility treatment. The Hammersmith IVF unit becomes one of the most successful in the world.
- World-leading PCOS expert, Professor Stephen Franks, made a significant contribution to our understanding of ovarian physiology and hyperstimulation (superovulation).
- Kate Hardy became a leading scientist in the team, making key observations on human embryonic health, metabolism, and cell death during the very early stags of human embryonic growth.
- In 2002 Prime Minister Tony Blair officially opened the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology (IRDB) building – for which Genesis Research Trust raised £13M – on the Hammersmith site, with 130 scientists and clinicians working in 12 related research groups.
- Scientists have researched fertility in the IRDB building for 20 years, currently studying areas such as:
- microbiomes in reproductive tracts influence miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, still birth and preterm birth
- molecules in the blood relate to preterm birth in order to design person-specific drugs and treatment plans
- ultrasound technologies can be used to screen for abnormalities and prevent miscarriages
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects the likelihood of becoming pregnant
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