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Centre for Reproduction Research projects

Current projects

Egg donation in the UK, Belgium and Spain: an interdisciplinary study (EDNA) 

Professor Nicky Hudson (PI),

CIs: Professor Guido Pennings, Professor Lorraine Culley, Dr Cathy Herbrand, Dr Vincenzo Pavone, Professor Veerle Provost

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council

(2017 - 2021)

Contact: Professor Nicky Hudson,

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing and donor-conception: support and governance in emerging digital systems

Dr Lucy Frith (PI)

CIs: Professor Marie Fox, Professor Nicky Hudson, Dr Petra Nordqvist, Dr Jackson Kirkman-Brown, Dr Fiona Jane MacCallum

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council

(2020  - 2023)

Contact: Dr Lucy Frith,

Covid-19 and Reproductive Digest

Dr Christina Weis (PI)

(2020  - present)

Contact: Dr Christina Weis, 

Men’s experiences of pregnancy after fertility treatment 

Dr Esmée Hanna (PI)

(2020  - present)

Contact: Dr Esmée Hanna,

Heterosexual partnered men’s experiences of becoming fathers through surrogacy

Dr Christina Weis (co-PI) and Dr Wendy Norton (co-PI) 

Funded by DMU Health and Life Sciences Research Development Fund.

(2019  - present)

Contact: Dr Christina Weis,

Global Perspectives on Governing Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Dr Lucy Frith (co-PI), Professor Nicky Hudson (co-PI) and Professor Marie Fox

Funded by The Wellcome Trust

(2018  - 2021)

Contact: Dr Lucy Frith, 

Endometriosis: Utilising CRR research evidence to enhance awareness, care, management and support for women and their partners

Professor Nicky Hudson (co-PI), Professor Lorraine Culley (co-PI), Caroline Law, (co-PI),  Dr Helene Mitchell (co-PI),and Dr Wendy Norton (co-PI) 

(2015  - present)

Contact: Caroline Law, 


Current PhD projects

Using Experience Based Co-Design to develop resources to support those experiencing male factor infertility – Andrew Coutts 

1st supervisor Dr Esmee Hanna 

2nd supervisor Professor Nicky Hudson  

2020 - ongoing 


An ethnographic study of the social, cultural and biomedical construction of menopause in Punjab, Pakistan - Sumaira Rashid

1st supervisor Professor Nicky Hudson

2nd supervisors Dr Cathy Herbrand and Dr Wendy Norton

2018 - ongoing

Selling hope? Investigating the UK IVF industry and the case of fertility treatment add-ons - Victoria Crowdell  

1st supervisor Professor Nicky Hudson

2nd supervisors Dr Cathy Herbrand and Dr Kylie Baldwin

2018 – ongoing

Exploring perceptions of reproductive timing within British South Asian communities: a qualitative study - Sasha Loyal

1st supervisor Dr Helene Mitchell

2nd supervisors Professor Nicky Hudson and Dr Cathy Herbrand

2016 – ongoing

Reproductive timings: exploring men's perceptions and intentions  - Caroline Law

1st supervisor Professor Nicky Hudson 

2nd supervisor Dr Sally Ruane

2013 – ongoing

Click here for details of our past projects and completed PhDs