Welcome to the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health (CRH)
Professor Jeffrey Pollard
is the Director of
The MRC Centre for Reproductive Health
2013 – Professor Pollard has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award of £4,360,573.
Reproduction is a fundamental feature of all life, essential for the continuation of our species. Reproductive success – the birth of a baby that will enjoy a long, healthy life – is a complex multistep process requiring production of sufficient numbers of viable gametes, fertilisation, implantation in a ‘receptive’ uterus, formation of a placenta that can sustain and nuture the baby and delivery at full term. Pregnancy complications can have profound life- long impacts on individuals. Tissues within the reproductive systems of both men and women are prone to development of disorders that have a huge impact on individuals, their families and impose large costs on health care systems. Health disorders being investigated in the Centre include infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, heavy periods, endometriosis, fibroids, testicular and endometrial cancer and pre-term birth.
Core to the philosophy of the Centre is a strong integration between basic and clinical studies underpinned by joint grants and co-supervision of trainees that ensures we maintain a robust research framework within which mechanistic insights into normal and abnormal tissue function can be translated for patient benefit.
The Centre is based within the Queen’s Medical Research Institute located on the Little France Campus in Edinburgh – this environment provides an unrivaled opportunity for training, effective outreach and knowledge exchange. Researchers within the Centre benefit from access to state-of-the art core facilities, for more information on these, please click here »
CRH scientists and European collaborators obtain 2.95m EUROS of EU funding for PhD studentships in Fertility Preservation
A European collaboration including CRH scientists led by Dr Rod Mitchell have been successful in obtaining funding for 10 PhD studentships to be shared between Centres in Holland, Belgium, Germany, France and Sweden.
The funding provides a total of 2.95m EUROS to support this FP7 Initial Training Network entitled ‘GROWSPERM’. This funding will provide training in research related to Fertility Preservation in pre-pubertal patients at risk of infertility (e.g. childhood cancer patients) and will strengthen existing European collaboration in this area. The project will commence in May 2014.
3rd World Congress in Reproductive Biology 2014
(WCRB2014) hosted by The Society for Reproduction & Fertility (SRF) will take place in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 2nd – 4th September 2014.
The CRH have been invited to hold two satellite meetings prior to the congress:
- Monday 1st Sept 2014, 2.00pm – 5.30pm
‘Germ Cells: their niche, development and fertility’
- Tuesday 2nd Sept 2014, 9.00am – 12.30pm
‘Hormones make it happen! ‘Sex steroid hormone impacts on women’s health and the
Study from the Tommy’s Centre for Maternal and Fetal Health shows that children of obese mothers face risk of early death.
A study from the MRC CRH and CCVS has shown that children born to obese mothers are more likely to die early as adults than those whose mothers were a normal weight.
The study published in the BMJ shows that the offspring of obese mothers are one-third more likely to die before the age of 55, mainly as a result of heart disease, researchers found.
Dr. Yellon has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to do research at the Queen’s Medical Research Institute’s Center for Reproductive Health during the 2013–2014 academic year.
Fulbright scholar awards to the United Kingdom in the All Disciplines category are among the most competitive for applicants.
Dr. Yellon’s research will specifically center on changes in the cervix that can advance or impede the birth process.
He will collaborate with Professor Jane E. Norman, MD, director of the Tommy’s Centre for Maternal and Fetal Research, in basic and translational studies of the inflammatory mechanism that remodels the cervix during pregnancy.
Support our research
The normal route for direct entry at PhD level is through one of the PhD studentships which are advertised on Findaphd.com » when available.
Details of how to apply are included. Enquiries: please contact the Postgraduate Administrator Dean Ainscough ».
To learn more about hormones why not visit the Society for Endocrinology website ‘You and your hormones’
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This page was last updated on 5 March 2014