Congratulations to Prof Jeffrey Pollard, Directer of the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, on his election as Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
The Academy of Medical Sciences is the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science. Their mission is to promote medical science and its translation into benefits for society.
SRF New Investigator Award 2016.
Congratulations to Dr Rod Mitchell who has been awarded the SRF New Investigator Award 2016.
As part of the award Rod will be giving the - New Investigator Lecture at the SRF Annual Conference in 2016 and the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) Annual Conference in Washington in 2017.
Professor Lee Smith honoured by the American Society of Andrology
Professor Lee Smith has been honoured by the American Society of Andrology, who have chosen to endow him with the prestigious 2016 Matthew P. Hardy Young Andrologist Award, in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of Andrology. Professor Smith will collect his award at a ceremony in New Orleans in April 2016.
Lady Margaret MacLellan Award
At the AGM of TENOVUS Scotland in June 2015 Professor Critchley received the Lady Margaret MacLellan Award 2014 for contributions to 'Women's Health'.
The Deanery of Clinical Sciences has been awarded the Silver Athena Swan award.
Edinburgh baby born from frozen ovary in UK first
A cancer patient from Edinburgh has become the first UK woman to give birth following a transplant of her frozen ovary tissue.
The mother conceived naturally and gave birth to a baby boy two weeks ago.
Edinburgh University scientists are freezing tissue from the reproductive organs of boys and girls as young as one, which can be re-implanted once they reach adulthood. read more »
Prof Jeffrey Pollard gave an interview to the BBC broadcasted live on Friday 4th March 2016. In this interview Prof Pollard commented on Dr. Sergio Quezada, Prof Charles Swanton and colleagues’ recent paper “Clonal neoantigens elicit T cell immunoreactivity and sensitivity to immune checkpoint blockade” published in Science. View the interview »
Painkillers in pregnancy 'may cut fertility'
Tests in rats found that when a mother was given painkillers (paracetamol or aspirin-like drugs) during pregnancy, her female offspring had fewer eggs, smaller ovaries and smaller litters of babies than those not exposed to the drugs.
Exposed male offspring were also found to be affected at birth – showing smaller numbers of cells that give rise to sperm in later life. However, their reproductive function recovered to normal levels by the time they reached adulthood.
The team found that the resulting females – the granddaughters of the mother given painkillers in pregnancy – also had reduced ovary size and altered reproductive function.
The researchers say the findings are significant given the similarities between the reproductive systems of rats and humans. They recommend that pregnant women should stick with current guidelines to use painkillers at the lowest possible dose, for the shortest possible time.
Prof Richard Sharpe, of Edinburgh University's MRC Centre for Reproductive Health co-led the study with Professor Richard Anderson. It is published in the journal Scientific Reports.
The work was funded by the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust. read more »
Prof Jeffrey Pollard gave an interview published on the MRC Insight page on why he came back to his roots “Why I decided to swap the US for the MRC”: read the MRC post »
A long-term study into the causes of premature birth has been launched by Sarah Brown, wife of former prime minister Gordon Brown.
The Theirworld Edinburgh Birth Cohort will track the development of 400 babies, mostly born before 32 weeks, following them through to adulthood.
The research at the University of Edinburgh MRC Centre for Reproductive Health is being funded with a £1.5m grant from the global children's charity Theirworld, of which Ms Brown is founder and president.
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Dr Rod Mitchell has received media wide attention after the publication of the following Research Article: FETAL DEVELOPMENT
Prolonged exposure to acetaminophen reduces testosterone production by the human fetal testis in a xenograft model read full publication »
An article discussing Jackie Maybin’s work appeared in New Scientist following her presentation at at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Helsinki.
This work was part of her Wellcome trust fellowship, in collaboration with Hilary Critchley, Philippa Saunders, Nik Hirani (MRC CIR) and Peter Carmeliet (VIB, Leuven, Belgium). read full article here »
Congratulations to Kasia Siemienowicz, Dr Colin Duncan student, who collected her Young Investigator Award 2016 at the European Congress of Endocrinology in Munich (with a prize of 1500 Euros). Her talk was entitled "Impaired adipose function in PCOS - evidence that the primary abnormalities are in subcutaneous rather than visceral fat".
Prof Pollard’s research was highlighted on banners at the AACR meeting since his review in 2006 with Prof Claire Lewis was selected to celebrate the 75th year of publishing of "Cancer Research” as one of the 9 most cited and influential reviews.
A therapy widely recommended in the UK, Europe and the US to stop babies from being born too soon is ineffective, research shows.
The treatment does not appear to pose any harm to mother or baby but has no effect on preventing an early birth, the findings reveal.
"Babies born too early have a much greater risk of short-term and long-term health problems. We need to find new strategies that help mums carry their babies to term.
Professor Jane Norman
Director of the Tommy’s Centre for Maternal and Fetal Health, University of Edinburgh read more »
NEW TISSUE REPAIR PHD PROGRAMME
The University of Edinburgh has been awarded a new 4yr PhD programme by the Wellcome Trust. read more »
Cassetta L., Pollard, J.W., (2015) Cancer Immunosurveillance: role of patrolling monocytes. Cell Research. Research Highlight Doi:10.1038/cr.2015.144. PMID:26634605.
Chong OT, Critchley HO, Horne AW, Elton R, Haraldsdottir E, Fallon M. (2015) The BMEA Study: the impact of meridian balanced method electroacupuncture on women with chronic pelvic pain – a three-arm randomised controlled pilot study using a mixed-methods approach. BMJ Open 5:e008621 doi: 10.1136/bmjoppen-2015-008621 PMID 26576808