Recent fertility research projects

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Current fertility research
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Fertility research publications
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Our recent research

Trial to examine the quality of embryos cultured in two different incubators

Patients have been taking part in a trial in order for us to understand whether there is any difference between the growth and development of embryos cultured in two different incubators; the standard benchtop ‘MINC’ incubator and an Embryoscope™.

The Embryoscope™ is a new type of incubator which may improve IVF outcomes, but this has not yet been demonstrated. We wish to compare this incubator with our standard incubator. Both have been shown to be safe and effective in clinical practice.

Results are coming soon.

New pioneering mediterranean diet IVF study

Professor Nick Macklon and other researchers will identify how two different diets taken six weeks prior to treatment – known as the preconception period – affect the quality of sperm and egg cells, the resulting embryo and the environment of the uterus into which it must implant to achieve a pregnancy.

A total of 110 couples planning to undergo IVF have been recruited to take part in the preconception dietary supplements in assisted reproduction (PREPARE) trial, which is being conducted at Complete Fertility Centre Southampton and funded by the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre in nutrition.

The team are using a cutting-edge incubator, known as an Embryoscope, to view fertilised eggs round-the-clock and look for any key changes during transition to embryos.

Results are coming soon.

What do you know about the biological clock?

This research programme by Professor Nick Macklon and Dr Camille Lallemant looks at the knowledge women and men have of age related fertility decline and its implications for planning a family.

Researchers hope that a better understanding of the reasons behind delaying having a family will help in the provision of relevant information to enable women and couples to make informed fertility decisions in the future. It will also allow for better service provision not only for women and couples wishing to postpone childbearing, but also for those women wishing to plan a family.

Results coming soon.