MRC Centre for Reproductive Health



All the latest news and regular updates.

CRH success at RCOG Annual Academic Meeting

Congratulations to CRH’s Lisa Campbell and Chloe Hogg who won second prizes at the RCOG Annual Academic Meeting (Blair Bell Competition) on 9 February in London for their oral and poster presentations, respectively.

Further coverage for CRH’s Fiona Denison and her award winning product

Fiona Denison’s birth mirror success has appeared in the February issue of NHS Connections (the magazine for NHS Lothian staff).

MRC Centre for Reproductive Health researchers unlock key to boosting brain repair

A team of scientists at MRC Centre for Reproductive Health in Edinburgh have uncovered a molecule in the brain fundamental in repairing the damage that happens in multiple sclerosis (MS).

C-sections linked to long-term risks and benefits

Compared to vaginal deliveries, caesarean deliveries are associated with a decreased risk of urinary incontinence and pelvic prolapse, but an increased risk of miscarriage or placenta previa in future pregnancies.

Insight into heavy periods could pave way towards new treatment

CRH scientists have uncovered a cause of heavy menstrual bleeding that offers hope for women living with the condition.

CRH win Silver in the 2017 Edinburgh University Lab Sustainability Awards

This is in addition to retaining a Bronze Lab for and a Gold Office award for the entire Queen's Medical Research Institute.

Big eaters who remain slim due to missing gene

Scientists at MRC CRH have found that a missing gene may be the secret of men with an unrestrained appetite who avoid gaining weight.

Minister for Public Health and Sport visits Tommy’s Metabolic Antenatal Clinic

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health and Sport, visited Tommy’s Metabolic Antenatal Clinic on 14 December to learn more about how the clinic benefits women and their babies.

MRC CRH Postgraduate Studentships

Prize studentships on offer ***APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED***

Jackie Maybin visits Westminster

Jackie Maybin attended Westminster this week for the Royal Society Parliamentary Pairing Scheme (w/c 04.12.17).

Queen’s Prize honours research to improve women’s health

The University of Edinburgh has received a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its work to improve women’s health.

Scottish pregnant women at risk due to weight

More than half of all expectant mothers in Scotland are overweight or obese at the start of their pregnancy.

Dr Denison’s birth mirror on track for further success

Dr Fiona Denison, founder of Birthing Solutions Ltd, has been awarded a Wild Card Finalist Award in the Scottish Edge Wild Card 2017 Competition.

Professor James Boardman is the new President of the Neonatal Society

James Boardman, Professor of Neonatal Medicine, has been elected President of the Neonatal Society (09.11.17).

Professor Andrew Horne takes part in Australian health forum

CRH represents at endometriosis themed public engagement event in Melbourne.

First UK Fertility Preservation meeting is organised and hosted by CRH

Successful meeting and public engagement event attracts national media interest.

Awards excitement for CRH

Birth Mirror success and reaching the finals of Science Writing Award.

Andrew Horne comments on new NICE guidance on endometriosis

On 6th September NICE published its new guidance for the diagnosis and management of endometriosis.

Dr Fiona Denison’s Birth Mirror reaches the final of the Converge Challenge KickStart Awards

MRC CRH’s Fiona Denison’s Birth Mirror has been shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s Converge Challenge KickStart Awards.

A successful Symposium hosted by CRH

The Scientific Symposium on targeting inflammation to improve reproductive health across the lifecourse was held from 16 – 18 August in Edinburgh, and was a great success.

Dr Jackie Maybin successfully paired with local MP

Dr Jackie Maybin, a Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, has been paired with MP Tommy Sheppard, as part of the Royal Society Pairing Scheme 2017.

Scientists of the future visit CRH

CRH Insight to Science Students 1
This exciting work experience programme is designed to give fifth year high school students an insight into the work and life of research scientists.

Many congratulations to this year’s CRH graduates

The medical graduations were held in McEwen Hall on Saturday 8 July, 2017. A special day in the sun for everyone involved!

Sixty years on from the creation of the pill

In 1957 the FDA approved a medicine referred to as Enovid for treating menstrual issues and infertility. Three years later, this mix of the artificial hormones norethynodrel and mestranol, was authorised by doctors as a contraceptive.

CRH welcomes the prestigious Dr Tak Mak

The distinguished Canadian scientist, Dr Tak Mak, Director of the Advanced Medical Discovery Institute and the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research, visited CRH on Monday 3 July to give a fascinating seminar on future anti-cancer targets.

Female cancer survivors are one third less likely to achieve pregnancy

Women who survive cancer are more than a third less likely to conceive than women in the general population, new research suggests.

Leading the way in myeloid regulatory cell research

The COST Action Mye-EUNITER is a network of scientists who are undertaking exploratory research into myeloid regulatory cells. The main objective is to establish technical standards for the characterisation and analysis of these cells.

CRH hosts a successful MRC Festival

The University of Edinburgh’s MRC Centre for Reproductive Health and EXPPECT Edinburgh hosted their MRC Festival event on 23 June, 2017.

Success in Vancouver for Dr Erin Greaves

Dr Erin Greave award presentation
The award winning research studied the role of macrophages in endometriosis associated pain and the presentation was entitled Macrophage-derived insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1): a key player in endometriosis?

Clinics cut pregnancy risks for obese women

Specialist antenatal clinics for severely obese mums-to-be can help cut rates of pregnancy complications, research has found. Women who received the specialist care were eight times less likely to have a stillbirth.