Manchester hospitals amongst leading biomedical and healthcare research organisations in England


We are delighted that the recent RAND analysis commissioned by the Department of Health has highlighted that hospitals in Manchester including St Mary’s rank in the top 10 in England for research, and together with the University of Manchester, rank 3rd overall nationally.  We are particularly pleased in our department that the RAND analysis picked out our research areas of Reproductive Biology and Andrology as ranking in the top 5 nationally.  This is a great tribute to our hard working staff and of course to the many patients who take part in our research studies. RAND analysis Research Reports

IVF : The Man’s Role : ‘You are not just there to provide sperm’ With Mike Hooper, Embryologist/Andrologist


We are pleased to confirm that the above patient support group meeting will be taking place on Tuesday 17th May. This will start at 6pm in the Main Boardroom at Cobbett House (Trust Headquarters) on Oxford Road and end promptly at 7.30. This is an excellent opportunity to consider the male perspective of treatment and to ask any questions that you have and listen to the experience of other patients. Please call us on 0161 276 6494 to book your place. We look forward to meeting you.

Our Scientific Director Professor Daniel Brison talks about HFEA’s genome editing decision


I am pleased that the HFEA have today approved the use of genome editing on human embryos donated to research by couples undergoing IVF treatment. This technology (called Crispr/Cas9) gives scientists the opportunity for the first time to learn about the function of specific genes by removing them from embryos and looking at the effect on the way they develop. We are not doing this work here in Manchester but I will be very interested to speak to the scientists involved and see their results. Now that genome editing has been invented it is not going to go away, and in fact has already been performed on human embryos elsewhere in the world. However this research can now progress under the oversight of an internationally respected regulatory body, the HFEA, who will ensure that it is carried out safely and responsibly; the UK is the best place in the world to do this research.

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