Midland Fertility Services Strengthens Embryology Team

Issue Date: 20 June 2006

Midland Fertility Services Strengthens Embryology Team
Midland Fertility Services Strengthens Embryology Team

Midland Fertility Services (MFS) has welcomed three new members of staff to the laboratory team at its Aldridge clinic.

Clinical embryologist Jo Johnson (37) joins as laboratory manager, with 21 years lab experience in all areas of fertility treatment, including working as a senior clinical embryologist in three other UK clinics.

As laboratory manager, Jo has responsibility for the staffing and smooth-running of the lab and carries out all procedures including IVF and ICSI, where, under micro-manipulation, a single healthy sperm is injected into an egg with a needle 1/10th the width of a human hair. Jo lives near Mansfield.

Tope Adeniyi (33) joins MFS as a clinical embryologist after gaining a BSc (Hons) in bio-chemistry at Lagos State University in Nigeria and his MSc at the University of Leeds, before further training in South Africa and working for five years as a clinical embryologist in Nigeria. At MFS he carries out all lab procedures and now lives in Walsall Wood.

Laboratory assistant Laura Woodcock (26) from Dudley completed her BSc (Hons) in biological sciences in 2001 and worked as a college laboratory technician before joining MFS, where she supports the embryologists in all lab duties.

“MFS carries out around 750 cycles of IVF and ICSI treatment every year and has helped thousands of couples to have babies, including the UK’s only four babies conceived from frozen eggs,” said Jo Johnson.

“The clinic operates to the highest standards and we all welcome the opportunity to be a part of a laboratory team which has achieved a number of fertility treatment ‘firsts’ in the UK and which is committed to further improving our success rates.”

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Midland Fertility Services was established in 1987 and is licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. In 2000 MFS became the first UK IVF clinic to use inhibin B to assess ovarian reserve and in 2002 the UK’s first ‘frozen egg’ baby was born following treatment at MFS, using the baby’s mother’s own egg and giving hope to young cancer patients worried about fertility preservation. In 2004, MFS celebrated the birth of the 3,000th baby following treatment at the clinic and in June 2005, registered its 13,000th patient. In September 2005, the UK’s first twins were born from ‘frozen egg’ fertility treatment at MFS. Based in Aldridge and Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, MFS treats both private and NHS-funded patients from throughout the UK and abroad.