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Improving assisted conception outcomes through exploration of a large cohort dataset

Project Description

Infertility, defined as the inability to conceive after a year of trying for a baby, affects one in six couples. In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) is recommended as the definitive treatment for prolonged unresolved infertility. Approximately, 1.5 million IVF cycles are performed each year globally, with this number continuing to rise. However, the success of IVF is still low with only around one third of IVF cycles resulting in a live birth. The quality of the embryo and the endometrium are key factors for IVF success.

CARE Clinics ( are the largest IVF provider in UK, with 15 clinics nationwide. Clinical and embryology data are captured meticulously with consent, and are available for research.

The PhD student will interrogate the CARE database to answer key research questions, for example the effectiveness of various stimulation regimens on outcomes.

Person Specification
The position is a clinical PhD opportunity suitable for a specialist registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology.
Applicants will be based in the University of Birmingham Academic Department at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.
The position is for a 3-year fully-funded PhD Studentship starting in September 2019.

How to apply
Informal enquiries should be directed to:
Professor Arri Coomarasamy, Professor of Gynaecology and Director of Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research

To be considered for this studentship, please send the following documents to Viktorija Ziabliceva ():
• A detailed CV, including your nationality and country of birth;
• Names and addresses of two referees;
• A covering letter highlighting your research experience/capabilities;
• Copies of your degree certificates with transcripts;
• Evidence of your proficiency in the English language, if applicable.

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover the full cost of tuition fees and yearly stipend over the course of the PhD programme for students of either British or EU nationality.

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