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PhD Studentship at De Montfort University

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Project Title: Selling hope? Investigating the UK IVF Industry and the Case of Fertility Treatment “Add-ons”

Given that infertility diagnoses are often uncertain and success with IVF remains relatively low, clinics increasingly offer treatment options to be “added on” to an IVF cycle in a bid to improve success. Concerns have been raised about the efficacy and marketing of these techniques, in some cases by clinicians and scientists themselves, highlighting a need for public and scientific scrutiny. This includes a need for social science research regarding their ethical, social and economic implications, given that they remain scientifically controversial and/or untested. This study will use qualitative, ethnographic and genealogical methods to investigate how these techniques develop and their uptake or resistance by clinicians, patients and other stakeholders in the context of a highly emotive area of biomedicine

The new Centre for Reproduction Research (launching Spring 2017) is hosted within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at De Montfort, and follows on the success of the Reproduction Research Group. The three-year scholarship (including fee-waiver and bursary of £14,296) is available to UK or EU students who are suitably qualified and have outstanding potential as a researcher. Applications are invited from UK or EU students with a master’s degree or good first degree in a relevant subject (First, 2:1 or equivalent).

Please direct academic queries to Nicky Hudson on +44 (0)116 2078766 or email nhudson@dmu.ac.uk For administrative queries contact the Graduate School office email: researchstudents@dmu.ac.uk, telephone: 0116 250-6309.

Closing date:  31 May 2017. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held by Friday 28th April, approximately.

More information about this studentship can be found online

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