The Edwards-Steptoe Research Trust

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Whitmarsh Sterland,62 Hills Road

01223 333777

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What we are

The work of Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe has transformed the lives of millions through their work to alleviate the personal tragedies of infertility and genetic disease. This charity, to support their research, was initiated by donations from grateful patients. It is now supported by their patients (past and present), by the children born as a result of their research work, by their professional colleagues, and by well wishers, all of whom share their compassion and aspirations.

What we do

The charity supports research in interests close to the hearts of Edwards and Steptoe including: The development of low cost simpler therapies for use internationally by less well off patients; Developments that foster and engage ethical deliberation and practice; Seed-corn funds to more junior investigators to help them to develop interdisciplinary research projects; Opportunities to engage public education about assisted conception; Follow up studies. Research underpinned the success of Edwards and Steptoe, and research is needed for the further safe development of new technologies.

For exmaple, we supported 10 younger particpants with bursaries at the Furures meeting in Cambridge in December 2012 that celebrated the award of the Nobel prize to Bob Edwards: see


Who are we?

The Trustees

Professor Martin Johnson FRCOG, FSB (Chief Executive Officer): Professor of Reproductive Sciences, University of Cambridge & formerly research student of Bob Edwards

Professor Peter Braude FRCOG, FMedSci: Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Kings College, London

Dr Ruth Edwards PhD: research collaborator and wife of Robert Edwards

Professor Sir Richard Gardner FRS: Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford & formerly research student of Bob Edwards

Professor Andrew Steptoe FMedSci: British Heart Foundation Professor of Psychology, University College London and son of Patrick Steptoe

Mr David Martin MA FCA (Treasurer): Whitmarsh Sterland


The Advisory Panel

Dr Kamal Ahuja:  Director, London Women’s Clinic & formerly research student of Bob Edwards. London - UK

Dr Peter Brinsden: Former Director of Bourn Hall Clinic - UK

Dr Jacques Cohen: Scientific Director of Assisted Reproduction at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine of Saint Barnabas & formerly research associate of Bob Edwards. New Jersey - USA

Dr Alan De Cherney: Chief, Program in Reproductive Endocrinology and Science at NICHD, & Editor of Fertility and Sterility. Bethesda - USA

Dr Colin Howles: Vice President of Regional Medical Affairs, Merck Serono SA & formerly research associate of Edwards & Steptoe. Geneva - Switzerland

Dr. Zaid Kilani: Founder and Director of the Farah Hospital. Amman - Jordan

Professor Andre Van Steirteghem: Editor of Human Reproduction. Brussels - Belgium

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