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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Autumn/Winter series
Monday 30th November 2015
Ovarian cancer : incorporating genomics, metabolomics, datasets and algorithms into diagnostic trials
Dr. Sudha Sundar,
University of Birmingham
Host: Professor Andrew Horne

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PhD studentships
A 4-year fully-funded PhD studentship is available from October 2016 to work with Dr Laura O’Hara and Professor Lee Smith on the role of androgen signalling in the pituitary.

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