MRC Centre for Reproductive Health

Centre partnerships

Our close partners helping to develop innovative research into reproductive health.

Edinburgh Fertility Preservation

Due to the improved survival rates from many cancers, there is increasing attention on how cancer treatment can adversely affect the subsequent quality of life. For young people, among the most important of these are effects on fertility. Fertility preservation options are available for some patients; however, for others including young boys there are no such options, with an urgent need for more research.

Edinburgh Fertility Preservation (EFP) was founded by a group of clinicians and scientists working at the University of Edinburgh and hospitals within Edinburgh. Our aim is to develop procedures for fertility preservation in children and young adults, usually cancer patients, who are due to undergo treatment which may compromise their long-term fertility.

A major component of fertility preservation involves cryopreserving or 'freezing' tissue, and we are the first and currently the only centre in the UK with approval to cryopreserve both ovary and testis tissue. Our research focuses on the germ cells in these tissues and their development into sperm and eggs.

We aim to fulfil both clinical and scientific roles in the field of fertility preservation, with the diverse professional backgrounds of our team making this possible.

The Edinburgh Fertility Preservation website

Child Life and Health

Child Life and Health (CLAH) was established in 1931. The Department was initially in Chalmers Street adjacent to the old Royal Infirmary and the Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion. CLAH moved into its first purpose-built accommodation when the new Wing of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children was completed in August 1994.

The Child Life and Health website

The Edinburgh Reproductive Tissue Bio Bank

The procurement and subsequent use of human tissue samples is the cornerstone of medical research that has facilitated countless medical discoveries and advances in therapy.

The Edinburgh Reproductive Tissue Bio Bank (ERTBB) has been set up to aid medical and scientific researchers working in the field of reproductive biology, with the long term goal of improving the health, diagnosis and treatment of women and their un-born infants.

The Bank provides high quality tissue samples and matched medical data in an anonymised form for researchers working on projects which have already obtained ethical approval from an appropriate ethics committee.

The Edinburgh Reproductive Tissue Bio Bank website

The Shared University Research Facilities

The Shared University Research Facilities (SuRF) at the University of Edinburgh offer a comprehensive range of services to underpin and support research within the QMRI, SCRM, University, NHS and wider research community.

The Shared University Research Facilities (SuRF) website

The Scottish HPV Investigators Network

A group of interested scientists, clinicians and administrators came together to form the Scottish HPV Investigators Network (SHINe). The purpose of SHINe is to act as:

  • A multi-disciplinary forum for discussion on HPV and HPV-related diseases
  • Identify emerging research and clinical questions and
  • Implement a series of research programmes/projects relevant to HPV disease prevention and management in the future.

The Scottish HPV Investigators Network website