Kiss IVF was published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism in September 2015. This work was supported by grants from the Medical Research Council (MRC), Wellcome Trust, and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
Infertility affects 1 in 6 couples in the UK, which is estimated to amount to 3.5 million people. An effective treatment for infertility is In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), however this treatment can be associated with a dangerous side effect termed the ‘ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome’. Our research looks to use a recently discovered naturally occurring reproductive hormone called ‘kisspeptin’ in place of the currently used medication thought to be responsible for this dangerous side effect. Recently the first lady who took part in the study has given birth to a healthy baby boy. We hope that this research study will lead to safer and more effective treatments for infertility in the future.Kiss IVF (Published)