Research Trials

April 2, 2004

Research into the causes of infertility and the development of improved methods for assisted reproduction is a major focus for NURTURE. The research is in collaboration with colleagues at the University's Sutton Bonington campus and other centres of excellence in the UK and overseas.

As part of one of the country's leading Universities, we are able to utilise state-of-the-art facilities, including NURTURE's own 3D colour doppler ultrasound machine that is able to measure blood flow and volume. Current projects also use Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) sited in the Department of Physics on the main campus, and the most advanced imaging and molecular biology equipment at Sutton Bonington.

The main thrust of the research examines the control of the ovary, growth of eggs, subsequent embryo development and implantation. The ultimate aim is not only to provide more effective treatments for all causes of infertility, but also develop strategies to overcome other serious diseases using stem cell technology.

You will be asked to consider taking part in NURTURE's active research programme. You will be given detailed information and, if happy to proceed, asked to sign the necessary consent forms. Please rest assured that where necessary all our research is approved by the Ethics Committee and Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. Whilst we would be very grateful for your support you should feel under no obligation. Your treatment will not be affected whether you participate in research or not, and if you agree to take part you can withdraw your consent at any time.