SEMINARS Spring/Summer series 2016 Monday 9th May 2016 Why control nucleus positioning in mouse oocytes?
Dr Marie-Hélène Verlhac,
Center for Interdisciplinary
Research in Biology (CIRB)
Collège de France
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.
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.
Print: Times, Daily Mail, the i, Daily Express, Sun, Herald, Scotsman, Daily Record, Courier, Evening Times
Online: BBC News online, STV.com, Belfast Telegraph, Scotsman, The National, Google News summary read more »
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 »
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 »
50% of the Time, Infertility Is a Mans Problem. Here’s Why.
Male Infertility: Incidence, Causes, Treatments and Options for Affected Couples.
Article by Professor Richard Sharpe 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 »
Norman, J., et al. (2016). “A randomised trial of vaginal progesterone prophylaxis for preterm birth: the OPPTIMUM Study.” Lancet (in press).
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
The science of panda breeding
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland would like to thank Dr Forbes Howie and Kirsten Wilson from The MRC Centre of Reproductive Health for participating in the Edinburgh Science Festival Lecture ‘’The Science of Panda Breeding’’. Their talks were both erudite and amusing with a feast of information, put over in an accessible fashion which included a clear view of the passion and dedication of all the staff involved.
Director of Giant Panda Programme and Senior Policy Advisor
Study from the Tommy’s Centre for Maternal and Fetal Health shows that children of obese mothers face risk of early death. read more »