Centre for Reproduction Research
The Centre for Reproduction Research (CRR) is a vibrant, interdisciplinary centre of expertise dedicated to the production of scholarship on the social, cultural and political aspects of human reproduction. Our aim is to develop new ways of thinking about the complexity of human reproduction through the integration of a range of disciplines, approaches and methods. Our membership includes representation from sociology, psychology, anthropology, science and technology studies, nursing, midwifery, health policy and health sciences. Founded in 2017, the Centre is hosted within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at De Montfort.
Our work covers a broad range of cutting-edge topics and has attracted funding from Wellcome Trust, Economic and Social Research Council, National Institute for Health Research, Foundation for Sociology of Health and Illness, national charities and NHS Trusts. We work closely with the end users of our research and believe that the best policy and practice initiatives are based on excellent research with strong theoretical foundations. The Centre has links with a number of other academic research groups and centres, both nationally and internationally. We welcome invitations and opportunities for new collaborations and initiatives.
Current topics include:
- Age and reproductive timing
- Cross-border reproductive travel
- Egg and mitochondrial donation
- Egg freezing
- Ethnicity, religion and assisted conception
- Gay and lesbian parenthood
- Genetic disorders and reproductive technologies
- Men, infertilities, technologies and fatherhood
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Socio-psychological aspects of endometriosis
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Regular meetings are held to discuss scholarly contributions to the field and to assist members with publication projects. To find out more about our programme of work contact Prof Nicky Hudson.
The Centre for Reproduction Research
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On Wednesday 25th September, Prof Nicky Hudson joined egg donor, Anupa Roper on BBC Radio Leiecster's Breakfast Show to discuss the EDNA Study. Available in catch up here at about 2hrs and 10mins
We are delighted to share news of Dr Kylie Baldwin’s new book ‘Egg Freezing, Fertility and Reproductive Choice: Negotiating Responsibility, Hope and Modern Motherhood’, which was published by Emerald Books earlier this week.
This book is a culmination of several years of research and scholarship in this novel area and explores the accounts and experiences of some of the pioneering users of this technology in the UK and USA. Further information can be found in our latest CRR blog piece.
Wednesday 9th October, 12 - 1.30, Room 6.10, Edith Murphy House, De Montfort University, Leicester.
Dr Yuliya Hilevych, University of Cambridge - "Infertility and childlessness before IVF: alternatives and activism in Britain"
Further information can be found here.
Places are limited and booking is essential - please email CRR@dmu.ac.uk if you wish to attend to secure your place.
This summer we are celebrating two PhD completions: congratulations to Dr Wendy Norton and to Dr Paris Connolly for successfully defending their theses on gay men and surrogacy and female genital cutting respectively.
Winner of the Health & Life Science Doctoral College Thesis Prize
The Centre for Reproduction Research is excited to announce that Dr Wendy Norton, Research Fellow and member of the CRR, is the winner of the Health & Life Science Doctoral College Thesis Prize of 2019 with her thesis An exploratory study of gay men seeking surrogacy to achieve parenthood.
The Centre for Reproduction Research Blog is available here, used to share details of work, advertise events and most importantly to generate discussion and dialogue on reproduction related topics, including voices from the centre, and guest blogs from visiting researchers, speakers and friends of the CRR.
See our most recent post Book release 'Egg freezing, fertility and reproductive choice' by Kylie Baldwin
The EDNA Study
Check out the latest entry at our EDNA (Egg donation in the UK, Belgium and Spain: an interdisciplinary study) Project Blog, available here, from The Centre for Reproduction Research.