This page provides information about the Reproductive Medicine (Fertility) Clinical Study Group (CSG).
Sponsor: British Fertility Society (BFS)
Chair: Dr Yacoub Khalaf
The British Fertility Society was set up in 2008. The executive committee includes reproductive medicine specialists, triallists, embryologists and epidemiologists. The committee has representation from Infertility Network UK and the British Fertility Society.
Infertility affects about 1 in 7 couples in the UK. While many go on to conceive spontaneously, in vitro fertilisation (IVF) is widely used in cases where infertility is unresolved, and this is increasingly successful. Assisted reproduction is characterised by rapid technological developments and there is a need to ensure that clinical and laboratory procedures are subjected to robust evaluation before being adopted into routine clinical practice. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has identified a number of research gaps in this field which need to be addressed by large national trials.
The Reproductive Medicine CSG facilitates a multidisciplinary research network in reproductive medicine to support randomised trials and large observational studies in the UK. It provides leadership in high-quality clinical research within the reproductive medicine community, advises researchers on trial methodology and provides support for the organisation of approved trials. This role extends to triallists and trials in reproductive medicine beyond the immediate members of the CSG.
The Reproductive Medicine CSG meets approximately every 6 months to:
- Initiate and oversee an approved portfolio of studies
- Propose and develop new trials and other well designed studies
- Consider trials proposed by members of the group and others
- Provide specific advice to investigators
- Ensure consumer involvement
If you would like to submit a research proposal, please use the Reproductive Medicine CSG proposal form and submit it to us well in advance of any submission for funding. To request a proposal form or suggest funding priorities, please email Dr Yacoub Khalaf.
For specific inquiries, and if you would like to become a member of the Reproductive Medicine CSG, please email Dr Yacoub Khalaf.
For information about other CSGs, please visit the Clinical Study Groups page.
If you are a member of the Reproductive Medicine (Fertility) CSG, you can view the clinical study research recommendation database by signing in to the website and then going to the research recommendation page.