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Newcastle Fertility Centre

Research and technology

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Our centre has an active research program because we believe that there are still too many unanswered questions about early human development.

We undertake studies that are aimed not only to improve your treatment but also to develop new treatments that may help others in the future. This includes surveys about your views on your problems and the treatments offered, as well as laboratory investigations.

If you are coming to discuss treatment, we will ask you if you have objections to this type of research. If so, we will respect that decision without question and we will not ask you about it again. 

Whether or not you agree to research will have no impact on your clinical treatment. Our principal aim is to help you achieve a family and the research we carry out will not alter your chances of a pregnancy. We will only use embryos or eggs which are not required or not wanted for treatment and would otherwise be allowed to perish.

If you wish to know more about our research, we would be happy to discuss this with you when you come to the clinic. For information about some of  our current research, please follow these links to our research programmes below:


Research regulations and approval

All research involving embryos is regulated by the HFEA and summaries of our current licensed projects are on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority website

All research must also be approved by the Local Ethics Committee. Details of their procedures are on the National Research Ethics Service website

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