Success Stories

Timeline of our achievements

Timeline of our Achievements The Genesis Research Trust arose from the Institute of Obstetrics & Gynaecology which was founded after the second world war and was the leading academic unit in the UK in all aspects of women’s health. The Institute was part of the Postgraduate Medicine Federation and based jointly at Hammersmith Hospital, Chelsea...

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Women’s Health Research Centre

Research and Study Information The Women’s Health Research Centre (WHRC) is a pioneering collaboration between Imperial College London (ICL), Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHT), the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and the Genesis Research Trust Charity. In October 2007, Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust formed the UK’s first Academic...

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Reducing pre-term birth

Of 600,000 live births per year in the UK, approximately 8,000 babies will weigh less than 1600g. Of average, about 1600 will die and at least 600 will develop a major handicap such as brain damage or cerebral palsy. Pre-term babies require intensive care which is extremely costly to the NHS, typically costing around £2500...

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Predicting miscarriage

It has been estimated that one in three of all implanting embryos are lost before six weeks of pregnancy. In addition, more than 10% of more advanced pregnancies end in miscarriage. Most distressing, a significant number of couples find history repeats itself and they have three or more repeated miscarriages. In addition to the physical...

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IVF

During the 1970s, Professor Winston and colleagues developed gynaecological surgical techniques that improved fertility treatments. They later pioneered new treatments to improve in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and developed pre-implantation diagnosis. This allowed embryos to be screened for genetic diseases and has allowed parents carrying faulty genes to have children free of illnesses such as cystic...

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Cervical cancer screening

One of the earliest success stories from the unit was the development of the cervical cancer smear test at Hammersmith Hospital which is now a routine test carried out throughout the world. Professor Erica Wachtel who worked with Professor McClure Browne at Hammersmith Hospital dedicated her career to cytopathology. She was instrumental in the formation of The British...

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Perinatal brain injury

Perinatal brain injury: prevention and neuroprotective mechanisms The research carried out by Professor Henrik Hagberg has been focused on mechanisms of brain injury and especially on perinatal brain injury. Professor Hagberg demonstrated that reduction in oxygen to the brain (asphyxia) is accompanied by massive release of chemical messengers called excitatory amino-acids (EAAs). It has been...

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Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

Genesis Research Trust played a key role in the development of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and the introduction of pre-implantation genetic screening techniques. PGD is used to genetically profile embryos before their transfer into the womb and when used to screen for a specific disease it means the baby will be free of that disease....

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