Polycystic ovarian syndrome

Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome often suffer infertility and are more likely to become diabetic.

Sperm counts

Sperm counts and testosterone levels serve as barometers of men’s health — low levels are associated with reduced lifespan.

Problems getting pregnant

1 in 6 couples experience problems getting pregnant.

Obesity in men

In men, obesity is associated with reduced testosterone as well as increased risk of heart disease and type II diabetes.


Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy such as preeclampsia are the leading cause of maternal illness and death.


Endometriosis affects ~10% of women of reproductive age and is associated with chronic pain and infertility.

Born prematurely

1 in 12 babies are born prematurely — rates have increased by 36% in last 30 years.

Professor Jeffrey Pollard

Professor Jeffrey Pollard
is the Director of The MRC Centre for Reproductive Health.
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Senior Research Fellow in Reproductive Health
Vacancy Details
Vacancy Ref: 030279 Closing Date: 31 October 2014
Contact Person: Karen Witherspoon
Contact Number: 0131 242 2694
Contact email: k.witherspoon@ed.ac.uk

The MRC/UoE Centre for Reproductive Health has up to three positions for junior faculty with independent positions that can lead to long-term employment.
We are looking to recruit basis scientists whose research is at the highest level of excellence and relevant to the mission of the Centre.
The candidate will who use modern molecular biological, biochemical, cell biological, epigenetic and imaging (particularly optical) approaches including the use of animal models, cell lines and cell-free technologies.
Areas of interest to the Centre are in both male and female reproduction and include germ cell development and function, gonadal and placental biology, pregnancy, pre-term birth, endometrial function, reproductive immunology, environmental impacts on reproduction and their trans-generational effects and pathologies that affect the reproductive system. Candidates are expected to have published at the highest level and to have demonstrated independence in their research area.
Attractive start-up packages are offered with the expectation of the establishment of a funded internationally competitive research program.
Please send your cover letter, curriculum vitae and three referees to Karen Witherspoon by email at: k.witherspoon@ed.ac.uk.