IVF World Firsts

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Prof. Simon Fishel with the world's first SUZI treatment baby

 

Our teams are dedicated to improving the quality and success of fertility treatment for everyone who needs our help and we have led the way in fertility research since 1978.

Our scientists have made a number of groundbreaking discoveries and advancements – and many of these have been global and UK firsts. You can read here about some of the achievements our team have made over the years.

1978

World's first IVF baby

1981

First male factor patients treated

1982

Britain's first IVF twins

1982

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

1984

Britain's first IVF triplets

1984

World's first baby from blastocyst transfer

1987

World's first babies (twins) born after frozen embryo donated eggs

1988

World's first baby born after home monitoring of fertility treatment

1989

Britain's first babies (twins) born after host surrogacy

1990

World's first baby born after micro-injection

1992

Britain's first SUZI treatment (sub-zonal insemination) baby
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1992

Britain's first "sugar drop" frozen embryo baby (vitrification)
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1994

World's first CISS baby

1994

Britain's first triplets born after host surrogacy

1996

World's first testicular spermatid baby
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1996

Britain's first pregnancy using maternal host grandmother

1997

World's first pre-cancer treatment recovery of testicular material from a pre-pubescent boy to preserve his fertility
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1999

World's first IVF baby for cystic fibrosis patient

1999

World's first baby for man using Multiple Ejaculate Resuspension Centrifugation (MERC)

2001

UK's first licence awarded for PGD and HLA tissue typing
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2002

Embryo chromosome (aneuploidy) screening licence awarded

2004

First NHS funded treatment for PGD and HLA tissue typing

2007

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

2008

WOrld's first pregnancy using Array CGH

2009

Birth of World's first baby following array CGH screening
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2010

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

UK's first baby to be born using blastocyst chromosome screening
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2010

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

2010

World first screening for the AnnexinV M2 haplotype mutation for miscarriage in IVF (C4M2)

2011

First UK birth using CAREmaps
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2011

World first births following C4M2 screening during IVF
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2015

The first book published on time lapse embryology
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2016

World's first publications on C4M2 screening during IVF