Fertility research

As a university hospital based Fertility Centre at the forefront of new developments in Fertility Medicine we would like to tell you about our leading research programmes, and invite you to consider participating.

The Complete Fertility Research Programme

Our group, led by Professor Macklon and Professor Cheong, focuses on the factors which can be modified prior to and around the time of conception to improve chances of having a healthy child from fertility treatment, and in particular the impact of nutrition.

Complete Fertility Lab

We also have a particular interest in how embryos implant, and have developed novel techniques to study how receptive the womb is, when letting an embryo implant. Our world-leading research in this field will help us to design new treatments to help increase the chance of a healthy baby being born after treatment.

Current fertility research

Read in more detail about our current fertility research projects.

Recent fertility research

Read about our recent fertility projects.

Fertility research publications

Read more about our fertility research publications.

International Lectures

Professor Macklon is also a well known international speaker at conferences on infertility and all senior members of the team are often invited to present our work at meetings in the UK and overseas. Here is a list of some of our recent invited lectures:

7th Singapore International Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Singapore (2009) Keynote address: From Gamete to Heartbeat - ART in 2020.

Fertility Society of Australia, Perth, Australia ‘The future of IVF stimulation’ and ‘Periconceptional Medicine, the New Speciality’ (Keynote Lecture).

Updates in Infertility Treatment, Seville ‘Can hCG improve embryo quality?

Gothenburg Nordic Embryology Society ‘The role of the endomterium in Implantation’

Serono Symposium, Istanbul ‘IVF and the Endometrium’

ESHRE Campus on Poor Ovarian Response, Bologna ‘Predicting the outcome of IVF’.

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists/British Fertility Society Annual Training Course ‘Factors affecting Implantation’

Israel Fertility Society, Tel Aviv ‘What can the clinician do to improve embryo quality?’

Spanish Fertility Society, Valencia Genomic Analysis of the Embryo

The British International Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Belfast ‘PCOS: Current definitions and Management’

Nordic Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology ‘IVF in the Medically Complicated Patient’

ESHRE Annual Meeting, Rome
‘Debate: Natural cycle versus stimulated cycle IVF’
‘How to manage Ovulation Induction’
‘Lifestyle and Fertility’

International Advisory Board

As a leading centre, we have close connections with a number of famous pioneers in infertility medicine.

Professor Bart Fauser is a long term former colleague of Professor Macklon who has a ling and distinguished career both as a teacher and researcher. He is in charge of the largest IVF centre in the Netherlands, and has published many highly influential scientific papers. Professor Fauser visits our unit regularly as a ‘Visiting Professor’ at Southampton University.

Another Visiting Professor appointed recently is Professor Rob Norman from Adelaide in Australia. Professor Norman is a world leading researcher in the field of nutrition and infertility, and was the first to show how diet and exercise can help women become pregnant. He now leads one the Robinson Institute in Adelaide, and is also a regular visitor to the Complete Fertility Centre.

Two of the most important pioneers in the field of IVF come from Brussels. Professor Andere van Stiertegheim and Professor Paul Devroey are particularly famous for having invented ICSI treatment, which revolutioned the treatment of severe male infertility. Together they have published many hundreds of scientific papers, and have shaped modern IVF practice. Our group continues to have close collaborations with Professor Devroey and van Stiertegheim, and both provide regular advise as to how we can develop our service to help our patients.

When young women are faced with treatment for cancer, one of their first concerns is how that treatment may affect their future fertility. At Complete Fertility Southampton, we are working closely with Professor Claus Yding Andersen from Copenhagen, to offer new ways of helping women in this very difficult position. Professor Macklon also works close with Professor Andersen on a number of research projects.

Professor Bill Ledger is one of the most well know Fertility Specialists in the UK. A former colleague of both Professor Macklon and Dr Cheong, he runs a large and successful IVF unit in Sheffield ,and is know for his pioneering research, popular lectures and frequent expert appearances on radio, television and magazines, in which he advises couples on fertility.

Professor Iain Cameron is Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Southampton University. As a leading reproductive endocrinologist he has carried out important work to help our understanding of infertility and how the womb functions. As former head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology here in Southampton, he remains closely involved in the activities of the department and advises on scientific matters at the Complete Fertility Centre.