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Robert Winston is Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College, with an international reputation for research into human reproduction.
Lord Winston, Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College, runs a research programme in the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology, on improvements in transgenic technology in animal models, with a long-term aim of improving human transplantation. He has around 300 scientific publications in peer-review journals on reproduction and embryology. He is also Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, Chairman of the Royal College of Music, and was voted “Peer of the Year” by his fellow Parliamentarians in June 2008 for his expertise and work on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.
His research led to the development of gynaecological microsurgery in the 1970s and various improvements in reproductive medicine, subsequently adopted internationally, particularly in the field of endocrinology and IVF. His work on preimplantation genetic diagnosis enabled families carrying gene defects to have children free of fatal illnesses. This included techniques to help families with sex-linked disorders, single gene defects (such as cystic fibrosis) and chromosomal abnormalities – for example, those causing pregnancy loss. He holds twenty-six patents. He is Chairman of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Trust Fund, a charity which raised over £13 million to establish the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology funds and which funds high quality research in human reproductive biology.
Robert is committed to scientific education and regularly writes or hosts popular science programmes for the BBC, the Discovery and ABC networks. His many television series on different aspects of science have been shown in many countries overseas. ‘Human’ won the BMA First Prize for the Best Popular Medicine Book in 2005. “It’s Elementary” was shortlisted for the Aventis prize in 2008.
Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies