Members of the Centre for Reproduction Research (CRR) have led or collaborated on the following current and past projects:
Heterosexual partnered men’s experiences of becoming fathers through surrogacy (2019). This exploratory, qualitative study, based on an interpretivist epistemology, explores how heterosexual partnered men, who are fathers or are becoming fathers via surrogacy, experience their transition to fatherhood , their involvement in the pregnancy, how expectant fathers perceive and navigate the relationship with their surrogate, and the impact of this relationship on the father’s relationship with his intimate partner. This study is led by Dr Christina Weis and Dr Wendy Norton, De Montfort University, and is funded by DMU Health and Life Sciences Research Development Fund.
Global perspectives on governing assisted reproductive technologies (2019 - 2019). The aim of this study is to bring together a group of people to develop new approaches for the effective regulation and oversight of the rapidly expanding global market in ARTs, and to scope for future international policy engagement that will enable dynamic discussions of new regulatory approaches, emphasising the growing use of ARTs in LMIC. Thsi study is led by Dr Lucy Frith, University of Liverpool and the study team includes Professor Nicky Hudson, De Montfort University. The research is funded by the Wellcome Trust Small Grant Project scheme.
A Survey of the Endometriosis Clinical Nurse Specialist Role in British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy Registered Centres (2017). Using a nationwide survey of Clinical Nurse Specialists in British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy registered centres and telephone interviews with a sample of the survey respondents, this research is the first to explore the Endometriosis Clinical Nurse Specialist role and the perceived benefits of this role for patient care.
The changing role of elective egg freezing: A survey of the attitudes and experiences of clients at UK fertility clinics (2017). Using an online survey tool, this research seeks to further understand women’s motivations for social egg freezing, their experience of the procedure, and their current and future reproductive intentions with a view to better understand the needs of service users.
ENDOPART 2: developing a knowledge exchange partnership and improving support in endometriosis (2015 - 2016). This project was developed from the 2012-13 ESRC-funded study ‘Endometriosis: improving the wellbeing of couples’ and built on the impact activity from this study. The project was led by Prof Nicky Hudson and was funded by the Higher Education Investment Fund at De Montfort University.
Women’s experience of care in an Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU), following an early miscarriage (2014 - 2016). This study will explore how women perceive the provision of care and emotional support they receive in an EPAU, following an early miscarriage in order to reconcile and make sense of their loss and make informed decisions. The research is led by Dr Lynn Furber and Wendy Norton, De Montfort University.
The Surviving Crying study (2014-2016). This research project is the first step in developing and evaluating evidence-based NHS services to support parents whose babies cry excessively. The research team are working in collaboration with parents who have had excessively crying babies, Health Visitors across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and a number of other partner organisations. It is funded by the National Institute for Health Research.
The MITOFAMILY study: Genetics, reproduction and biotechnologies in the context of mitochondrial disorders (2014-2016). This research focuses on reproductive choices in the context of mitochondrial disorders. The study is led by Dr Cathy Herbrand, De Montfort University, and is funded by the De Montfort University Early Career Research Fellowship.
The experience and ethics of egg donation: an international workshop (2014). This research explored public and professional perceptions of oocyte donation and banking and the motivations and experiences of egg providers. The workshop was led by Prof Nicky Hudson, De Montfort University and was funded by De Montfort University's Revolving Investment Fund and the Foundation For Sociology of Health and Illness.
The ENDOPART study: Endometriosis: improving the wellbeing of couples (2012-13). The aim of this study was to explore the impact of endometriosis, a chronic gynecological condition, on couples. The study was led by Prof Lorraine Culley, De Montfort University, and funded by the UK Social and Economic Research Council.
Creating midwifery specific open educational resource materials (2011-2012). The study was led by Bernadette Gregory and Jacqui Williams, De Montfort University, and funded by Jisc.
Breast feeding baby ‘on the go’ (2011-2012). Working with De Montfort University’s Mile² project, midwifery staff and students collaborated with mums and parents' groups in Leicester to create a 40 page booklet about breastfeeding with practical advice. The project was led for a period by Dr Tina Harris, De Montfort University, and was funded by De Montfort University’s Mile² project.
Exploring the experiences of Deaf women using maternity services (2011). The study is led by Bernadette Gregory, De Montfort University, and funded by De Montfort University.
Delivery of Deaf Awareness and Introduction to BSL classes (2010). Within this project Deaf Awareness and Introduction to BSL classes were delivered to De Montfort University students in association with the local Action Deafness organisation. This project was led by Bernadette Gregory, De Montfort University, and Dr Joanna Downes, Action Deafness.
The TRANSREP study: Transnational reproduction: an exploratory study of UK residents who travel abroad for fertility treatment (2009-2011). This study explored the motivations, understandings and experiences of UK based individuals who have travelled abroad for assisted reproductive treatment, or were planning to do so. The study was led by Prof Lorraine Culley, De Montfort University and funded by the UK Social and Economic Research Council.
The ENDOCUL study: Endometriosis and cultural diversity: improving services for minority ethnic women (2008-2010). This research study explored the ways in which minority ethnic women experience endometriosis, a chronic gynaecological condition, and its treatment. The study was led by Prof Elaine Denny, Birmingham City University, and the study team included Prof Lorraine Culley, De Montfort University. The study was funded by Research for Patient Benefit grant.
Engaging local parents living with a disability (2008). Parent narratives were created and used as educational tools throughout De Montfort University’s Health and Life Sciences Faculty as an online e-learning resource. The study was led by led by Bernadette Gregory, De Montfort University, and funded by the East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery.
The GAMDON study: Public understandings of gamete donation in infertility treatment (2005-2006). This project aimed to examine the public understanding of treatments for infertility in general, and egg and sperm (gamete) donation in particular, amongst British South Asian communities. The study was led by Prof Lorraine Culley, De Montfort University and funded by the UK Social and Economic Research Council.
The ASFERT study: British South Asian communities and infertility services (2002-2004). This study explored the provision of infertility services to South Asian (Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Indian) communities in the UK. The study was led by Prof Lorraine Culley, De Montfort University and funded by the NHS Trent Region.
Details of postgraduate research projects can be found here.
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