CARE Fertility's Genetics Team in Nottingham

Click on the individual titles below to find out about the PGD team at John Webster House in Nottingham.

Miss Maha Ragunath MRCOG MSc – Consultant in Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecology

Miss Maha Ragunath MRCOG; Consultant Gynaecologist and Medical Director

Maha is the Lead Clinician on our PGD programme.

Maha is accredited in both Obstetrics and Gynaecology and has undergone special interest training in subfertility, IVF, laparoscopic and hysterosocpic surgery.

Colleen Lynch – Embryologist and Molecular Geneticist

Colleen Lynch

Colleen is an embryologist and molecular geneticist and a member of both the CARE Fertility IVF and Genesis Genetics UK scientific teams. After completing a degree in Genetics and a Masters in Medical Genetics, she joined CARE as an embryologist in 2004. This dual experience and education allows her to combine the skills necessary to both care for a couples embryos and test them for inherited disease. Her knowledge of genetic conditions and molecular diagnostic technologies has provided a solid foundation for the IVF-PGD programme.

Mary Smedley – Nurse Manager and PGD Nurse Coordinator

Mary Smedley

Mary is the Nurse Coordinator for the new PGD service at John Webster House and is on hand to answer any questions patients may have throughout treatment. She has been with CARE for 5 years and is an experienced Fertility Nurse. In addition to her nursing duties, she is also qualified to perform patient ultrasound scans.

Karin Goring – Clinical Secretary and PGD Administrative Coordinator

Karin Goring

Karin is the administrative coordinator for the PGD programme and will be the initial point of contact for patients wishing to use the service.

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1978 - World's first IVF baby

1981 - First male factor patient treated

1982 - World's first baby delivered after intrauterine sperm/egg transfer

1984 - World's first baby from blastocyst transfer

1990 - World's first baby born after micro-injection

1992 - Britain's first SUZI treatment baby

1992 - Britain's first "sugar drop" frozen embryo baby

1996 - World's first testicular spermatid baby

2007 - Europe's first baby born following embryo screening using Comparative Genomic Hybridisation (CGH)

2009 - Birth of World's First baby following array CGH screening

2010 - UK's first baby born through PGD for HLA tissue matching

2010 - Blastocyst Chromosome Screening - UK's first baby born

2010 - First multi-factorial genetic chromosome tissue typing and translocation analysis of embryos in an IVF cycle

2010 - First UK based total treatment cycle for PGD and HLA Tissue Matching - Fanconi Anaemia

2011 - First UK pregnancy following use of an Embryoscope

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