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Professor. Sheena Lewis - Queen's University Belfast Research Portal - Research Directory & Institutional Repository for QUB
Sheena Lewis

Phone: +44 (0)28 906 33987

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Interests

Infertility affects one in six couples and 40% of the problems are contributed to the male partner. With birth rates in Europe now only 1.4 children/couple and 1-5% of those births aided by assisted reproductive technology (ART), research to understand infertility and improve infertility treatments could not be more timely. Over the past decade the Reproductive Medicine Research Group has focused on Andrology with twin aims:

  • to understand the endocrine, cellular and molecular reproductive dysfunctions in infertile men
  • to establish novel prognostic tests to enhance ART success
Within this framework, the group has explored the effects of specific lifestyle (recreational drugs and diet) and disease (diabetes mellitus) factors on male infertility. We have recently developed novel male fertility tests (based on sperm nuclear DNA damage assessed by strand breaks and oxidised bases) with both diagnostic and prognostic value in assisted reproductive technology (for IUI, IVF and ICSI).

Other interests include the impact of cancer on male fertility and the impact of ART failure and twin successes on the wellbeing of male and female patients.

Other

I am managing director of Lewis Fertility Testing Ltd, a spin out company from Queen's University.

Lewis Fertility Testing Ltd provides a diagnostic service for male infertility.

See http://www.lewisfertilitytesting.com/

Teaching

I am a strong supporter of the SSC programme introduced by the GMC in 1993 (summarised in publication 'Tomorrows Doctors'). I have been running a second year SSC in Reproductive Technology since the inception of the SSC programme here in 1998. In 2006, I responded to the request for additional SSC modules for the medical school expansion by running my module twice within the academic year. As Reproductive Technology is one of the most rapidly advancing areas of Medicine and much in the public eye, it is a very popular module. I have been able to be more flexible in offering it to larger numbers than other SSCs, I teach 80% of the course: 25 hours over each twelve-week module.

Teaching administration

I am spring semester co-ordinator for Student Selected Components in phase 3 (third year). The SSC programme was faced with 2 major changes this year: an expansion in student numbers (from 201 to 234 students) and a change in timetabling from 6 hours/week for 12 weeks to a 3 week full-time placement. This required significant persuasion of clinical colleagues to stay involved. I was successful and we offered a record number of places 428 places in 54 modules.

Eleven new SSCs ran in a range of subjects from 'Women's Global Health'

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Contribution to conference papers, events and activities

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