Assisted Conception Unit
The Assisted Conception Unit (ACU) at
Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Birmingham, England, is one of the UK's leading centres for infertilitytreatment and care. Having been running for over 26 years it is also the longest established fertility clinic in the Midlands. Based in an NHS hospital the clinic is noted for providing integrated care to both NHS and private patients with internationally recognised staff known for their work in the field of infertility. The clinic also run active programmes of egg-sharing, sperm donation and egg-donation.
HFEAPerson Responsible and Director of the ACU is Dr Sue Avery, a clinical embryologist of International profile who undertook her PhD with Professor Robert Edwards, who had been responsible for the conception of Louise Brown, the world's first IVFor ‘test-tube baby’ in 1978.
The ACU was one of five clinics selected around the UK to receive
Medical Research Councilfunding to elevate the IVF laboratories to ‘ cleanroom’ levels. This is fundamental for producing human embryonic stem cellsthat are suitable for human use, as all stages of development were in strictly controlled conditions. These opened in summer 2006 and the clinic has maintained good clinical results at the new operating levels (see HFEA).
The clinic has a recognised international research profile through its academic wing the
Centre for Human Reproductive Science (ChRS). This has included notable high profile achievements in translational medicine such as the invention of the male Fertellover-the-counter home fertility test cite web | title=Development of a novel home sperm test | work=Björndahl L, Kirkman-Brown J, Hart G, Rattle S, Barratt CL. 2006. Hum Reprod. Jan;21(1):145-9. PMID: 16267078 | url= http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=16267078|] For more information see Centre for Human Reproductive Science (ChRS).
* [http://www.bhamivf.com/ ACU website]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/localtv/console/birmingham/bb_rm_console.shtml?media_path=http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/avdb/local_tv/video/&nbram=1&nbwm=1&bbwm=1&bbram=1&media_dir=9012da6800321a0&media_file=09012da680032293&story_head=Male%20fertility%20kit%20invented%20in%20Brum Male Fertility Kit Invented in Birmingham BBC news]
* [http://www.fertell.com/ Fertell home fertility testing kit commercial website]
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