Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre

Reproductive and Genetic Medicine

Reproductive and Genetic Medicine

Overview

We've developed a strong focus on reproductive and genetic medicine through several key projects.

Our work is grounded in an empirical understanding of the impact of new biomedical technologies

This highlights the experiences of different people in the various disciplines that make up the field, including:

  • patients
  • donors
  • user groups
  • practitioners

We have a particular interest in exploring perspectives and experiences that are often missed out of more theoretical approaches to bioethics.

Read about our projects and publications within this theme.

Delegates attend a TREAT NMD conference, which is one of our projects in this research strand.
Delegates attend a TREAT NMD conference, which is one of our projects in this research strand.

Projects

Find out what projects we've been involved in.

Projects

A socio-ethical investigation of the values and experiences of women volunteering to provide eggs for mitochondrial research under a scheme in which money is offered to egg providers, 2013-2015

Funding: The Wellcome Trust, £199,905 to PEALS
Principal Investigator: Erica Haimes
Read more about this project.

RD Connect, 2012-2018

Funding: EU, £180,000 to PEALS
Work Package Leader: Simon Woods
Project Leaders: Hanns Lochmüller and Kate Bushby
Read more about this project.

Faithful judgements: the role of religion in lay people’s ethical evaluations of new reproductive and genetic technologies, 2011-2013

Funding: ESRC, £254,000 to PEALS
Principal Investigator: Jackie Leach Scully
Read more about this project.

Embryo and egg donation for research in Canada, 2011-2013

Funding: Canadian Institute of Health Research, $CAN 453,891
Co-Investigator: Erica Haimes, based on replication of her Wellcome Trust grant, with F Baylis, A Leader and C McLeod

Embryo donation for stem cell research in Portugal, 2010-2013

Funding: Portuguese Funding Council, €83,712
Principal Investigator: S Silva with H Machado
Consultant: Erica Haimes

The genetics of autistic spectrum disorders: social and ethical implications, 2010-2011

Funding: Northumberland Tyne and Wear Foundation Trust, Flexibility and Sustainability Fund, £30,000
Principal Investigator Dr Jeremy Parr, Institute of Neurosciences
Co-Investigator Dr Janice McLaughlin

Interdisciplinary approaches to the uses of reproductive tissue in stem cell science (IDARTSS), 2009-2012

Funding: William Leech Charitable Trust, £200,000 to PEALS
Principal Investigator: Erica Haimes
Read more about this project.

Women’s experiences of an IVF egg sharing scheme for SCNT research, 2008-2011

Funding: Medical Research Council, £296,000 to PEALS
Principal Investigator: Erica Haimes
Read more about this project.

TREAT-NMD Network, 2007-2011

Funding: EU Network of Excellence, £200,000 to PEALS
Work Package Leader: Simon Woods
Project Leaders: Kate Bushby and Volker Straub
Read more about this project.

Potential embryo donors’ views on embryonic stem cell research and therapies, 2003-2012

Funding: Wellcome Trust, £210,944 to PEALS
Principal Investigator: Erica Haimes
Read more about this project.

Antenatal Screening Website Resource (AnSWeR), 2003-2005

Funding: Wellcome Trust, £119,998
Principal Investigator: Tom Shakespeare
Read more about this project.

Publications

Find out about some of our publications for this theme.

Publications

Our latest publications in this area include:

Haimes, E. & Taylor, K. (2015) Rendered invisible? The absent presence of egg providers in U.K. debates on the acceptability of research and therapy for mitochondrial disease, Monash Bioethics Review, 33: 360. doi:10.1007/s40592-015-0046-7

Haimes E, Taylor K. What is the role of reduced IVF fees in persuading women to volunteer to provide eggs for research? Insights from IVF patients volunteering to a UK 'egg sharing for research' scheme. Human Fertility 2014, 16(4), 246-251.

Haimes E. Juggling on a rollercoaster? Gains, loss and uncertainties in IVF patients' accounts of volunteering for a U.K. 'egg sharing for research' scheme. Social Science and Medicine 2013, 86, 45-51

Haimes, E., Taylor, K. and Turkmendag, I. (2012) ‘Eggs, ethics and exploitation? Investigating women’s experiences of an egg sharing scheme’, Sociology of Health and Illness, 34(8):1199-1214

Scully J, Haimes E, Mitzkat A, Porz R, Rehmann-Sutter C. Donating embryos to stem cell research : the “problem” of gratitude. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 2012

Turkmendag I. The Donor-conceived Child's `Right to Personal Identity': The Public Debate on Donor Anonymity in the United Kingdom. Journal of Law and Society 2012, 39(1)

Haimes E, Taylor K. Researching the Relationships between Tissue Providers, Clinicians, and Stem Cell Scientists. Cell Stem Cell 2011, 8(6), 613-615

McLaughlin J. Where's the Harm? Challenging Bioethical Support of Prenatal Selection for Sexual Orientation. In: Scully, JS; Baldwin-Ragaven, LE; Fitzpatrick, P, ed. Feminist Bioethics: At the Centre, On the Margins. Baltimore, MD: The John Hopkins University Press, 2010, pp.174-189.