Joyce Harper is Professor of Reproductive Science at University College London in the Institute for Women’s Health where she is head of the Reproductive Health Department, Principal Investigator of the Reproductive Science and Society Group, Director of Education and Director of the Centre for Reproductive Health.
After running annual PGD workshops since 1996, Joyce set up the Embryology and PGD Academy with Alpesh Doshi in 2014 to deliver workshops globally and to develop the certificate in clinical embryology.
Joyce is founder of Global Women Connected (http://www.globalwomenconnected.com), a public engagement group to talk about all aspects of women’s health.
She has been working in the fields of IVF and reproductive genetics since 1987, written over 190 scientific papers and published two textbooks. Joyce has set up two MSc programmes; Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine in1996 and Reproductive Science and Women’s Health in 2009 and oversaw the setting up of the MSc in Women’s Health in 2018.
Joyce has had many senior roles in the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), including being on the executive, the chair of the special interest group in Reproductive Genetics, co-establishing the ESHRE PGD Consortium, a member of the original team who set up the ESHRE embryology certificate, a member of the PGS task force, a member of the e-learning working group and a member of the culture media working group. She was a board member of the British Fertility Society and a founding member of the PGD International Society. She was a director of the International Society of Prenatal Diagnosis where she was responsible for establishing special interest groups. She is currently a board member of the International Society of IVF. She is chair of the HFEA Horizon Scanning Group and an advisor to the HFEA Science and Clinical Advances Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Nuffield Council for Bioethics working group on genome editing.
Her research includes preimplantation genetic diagnosis, chromosome abnormalities in embryos, factors affecting preimplantation development, comparison of in vivo and in vitro development, differences in culture media, embryo selection methods, sperm DNA damage and legal, social and ethical issues surrounding IVF and reproductive genetics including gamete donation and surrogacy. Joyce has been involved in several questionnaire and survey studies, including focus groups, face-to-face interviews, and larger questionnaires. She is currently involved in a national survey regarding social egg freezing in collaboration with Kylie Baldwin from De Montford University. She has also been involved in an EpiHealth questionnaire study of culture media in collaboration with Daniel Brison from Manchester University. She is setting up an interdisciplinary group – the Reproductive Technologies Network.
Joyce is passionate about public engagement to discuss all aspects of women’s health, including wellbeing. Joyce has written a book covering women’s health from birth to death called What Every Woman Should Know. She is deputy chair of the UK Fertility Education Initiative, trying to improve fertility awareness in the UK.
For further information see http://www.joyceharper.com.