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King's Fertility Research

Our mission was simple: to create a private fertility clinic that made a real contribution to the advancement of the field and helped people unlock the gift of life and the joy of parenthood.

As a result, King’s Fertility was born.

We have made it our life’s work to help create happy families. We do this by providing honest, compassionate and comprehensive fertility care while simultaneously building and growing a team of leaders in their field.

But more than that, King’s Fertility are committed to investing a large proportion of profits from any of our private medical treatments - from IVF and artificial insemination to combatting infertility - into the Fetal Medicine Foundation.

Our team listen to their patients. They meet their needs in any way possible, because a personal journey deserves a personal approach.

There is no off-the-shelf in vitro fertility treatment, no one-size-fits-all intrauterine insemination process. Each person is unique, and we respond to every consultation we undertake with tailored options and personalised care.

King’s Fertility and its approach is the culmination of a unique industry-leading partnership between the Fetal Medicine Foundation (FMF) and King’s College Hospital.

Through funding new, innovative research projects, we can help advance the field of fetal medicine and ensure that babies are born healthy and happy, to anyone who dreams of becoming a parent. By founding and running our clinic the way that we have allows us to help fertility treatments across the world.

With the expertise and experience of the Fetal Medicine Foundation and King's College Hospital behind us, we are devoted to creating a respectful and compassionate environment for our patients.

Led by Dr Ippokratis Sarris, the KF team is a progressive and expert group who dedicate their lives to ground breaking fertility research and care. We specialise in providing patients with a positive, life-changing experience, using the latest technology and advanced treatment methods to achieve this.

Through advanced medical education and research, and with the right industry partners, we strive for a day when everyone who wants to start a family can.

THE FETAL MEDICINE FOUNDATION

The Fetal Medicine Foundation (FMF) is a registered charity that seeks to improve the health of pregnant women and their babies (pre, during and post birth) fetal medicine research and training.

Led by a group of internationally renowned experts in the field, the foundation has supported research and training in the following areas through grants to a total of more than £23 million over more than two decades. These have included:

  • Early-stage diagnosis of fetal abnormalities
  • Screening for chromosomal defects
  • Development of safer techniques for prenatal diagnosis
  • Intrauterine fetal surgery
  • Prediction and prevention of preeclampsia
  • Prediction and prevention of preterm birth
  • Prediction and prevention of stillbirth
  • Prediction and management of fetal growth restriction
  • Problems of multiple pregnancies

Our integration with the FMF will be complete when King's Fertility moves to our new space in the Fetal Medicine Research Institute. Our partnership represents a new milestone in fetal and maternal medicine - we are the first centre in the world to conduct continuous and cyclical fertility research: from before conception to during pregnancy, through delivery and beyond.

KING’S COLLEGE HOSPITAL

Our clinic was borne out of one of the world’s largest and most cutting-edge hospitals. King’s boasts a great heritage in the field of fertility, having established one of the UK’s first IVF units and boasting provable, sustained success over more than three decades.

Our roots in NHS treatment and accessible fetal care left a lasting impression on us and we remain determined to help make parenthood a reality for as many people across the world as possible.

But as importantly as anything, we are here to support parents and potential parents in a way that is as personal as the life we help create.

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Professor Kypros Nicolaides

 
Kings Fertility Professor Kypros Nicolaides
 
 
There is no better reward in life than a woman coming along to show you her baby; sending photographs to say: ‘Thank you, this baby would not have been born.’ That is the ultimate reward.
Professor Kypros Nicolaides - the Guardian, 2016
 
 

Professor Kypros Nicolaides has spent a lifetime caring for unborn babies. His work in fetal medicine is unparalleled - he is a medal-winner and a standard-bearer in the field.

Over four decades, Kypros has contributed to over 500 journal articles, written more than 1200 peer-review papers in scientific journals and authored 30 books and monographs. He has conceived several techniques that have advanced best-practice in global fetal medicine.

Known as ‘Prof’ to students and colleagues, Kypros featured in the ground-breaking BBC series Countdown to Life, as a film crew followed his daily work helping parents at the Harris Birthright Research Centre for Fetal Medicine.

The cameras rolled as he offered hope to expectant parents Stacy and Steve, who had already lost three unborn babies to a rare disease. Roy and Vanessa, whose unborn daughter had a tumour as big as her head. And John and Helen, whose child had excess fluid around its vital organs.

Parents and would-be parents seek out Prof for his legacy in prenatal care. In 1999, his work was acknowledged and rewarded with the Ian Donald Gold Medal, given by the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

A Medicine graduate from King's College London, Prof – who is originally from Cyprus – started his career in 1980 at the King's department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

In his early career, he wrote, alongside Professor Charles Rodeck, a series of vital papers on the use of fetoscopy as a way to manage conditions such Rhesus iso-immunisation, fetal hydrops and intrauterine growth restriction, and in detecting and diagnosing single gene defects.

In blood sampling, Professor Nicolaides developed a single-operator process for cordocentesis – taking blood from the placental cord insertion – to enable pivotal breakthroughs in fetal physiology and pathophysiology. He paved the way for solutions in fetal blood gases, fetal metabolism, fetal endocrinology, fetal immunology, fetal hematology and fetal biochemistry in diabetic pregnancies.

In 1986, it was Prof who defined the 'lemon' and 'banana' indicators in spina bifida - ultrasonic signs which detect the condition in utero.

In 1992, Prof began an eight-year study into the measurement of nuchal translucency in the first trimester fetus. And as the project progressed it transformed the practise of obstetrics all across the world. His studies on the relationship between fetal abnormalities and chromosome defects – and other data on nuchal translucency – remain the most significant data on these subjects to this day.

And in a sweeping project aimed at educating the next generation of doctors, Prof single-handedly organised and oversaw a training programme for 20 hospitals in the South of England. Personally supervising sonography training, he ushered in a new era of quality control. His approach soon expanded beyond England's south to 500 centres across 52 countries.

As a hub for his work in the field, Prof established the Fetal Medicine Foundation in 1996. The centre remains a learning centrepoint where global experts gather, and the home of the Diploma in Fetal Medicine, now the most important certification in fetal medicine which 200 candidates from 46 countries take each year.

2017 marked yet another hugely proud year for Professor Nicolaides. Alongside Dr Liona Poon of King’s College London and Professor David Wright of the University of Exeter, Prof led a trial that proved low-dose aspirin led to a 62 percent reduction in the rate of pre-term preeclampsia, resulting in delivery before 37 weeks. 

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found an 82 percent reduction in the rate of early preeclampsia, resulting in delivery before 34 weeks. The result is a huge breakthrough and another proud career highlight for Prof, who had not long collected the 2015 Eardley Holland Gold Medal, the highest honour given by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

According to the Guardian, Professor Nicolaides is 'a miracle maker … a genius at the forefront of in-utero surgery.'

AWARDS

  • Ian Donald Gold Award for Highest Contribution in Ultrasound of the International Society Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, 1999

  • Eric Saling Award for Highest Scientific Contribution in Perinatal Medicine of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine, 2001

  • Excellence in Letters, Culture and Science, Government of Cyprus, 2004

  • Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, USA 2004

  • Honorary Doctorate in Medicine: Universities of Athens and Ioannina in Greece, University of Warsaw in Poland, University of Bucharest in Romania, University of Jinan in China, University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, University of Olomouc in the Czechia, European University of Cyprus.

  • Eardley Holland Gold Medal awarded by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for Professor Nicolaides' contribution to fetal medicine. The Medal is awarded only every five years and is the highest accolade the College can bestow on an individual.

 

 
 

 
 
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The Fetal Medicine Foundation is a Registered Charity that aims to improve the health of pregnant women and their babies through research and training in fetal medicine.

The Foundation, with the support of an international group of experts, has introduced an educational programme whereby healthcare professionals and parents alike can study for certificates of competence in different aspects of fetal medicine.

In the last 20 years, The Foundation has supported research and training in the following areas via grants totalling more than £23 million:

  • Early diagnosis of fetal abnormalities

  • Screening for chromosomal defects

  • Development of safer techniques for prenatal diagnosis

  • Intrauterine fetal surgery

  • Prediction and prevention of preeclampsia

  • Prediction and prevention of preterm birth

  • Prediction and prevention of stillbirth

  • Prediction and management of fetal growth restriction

  • Problems of multiple pregnancies

The main source of income for The Fetal Medicine Foundation is The Fetal Medicine Centre. Profits from King’s Fertility are donated to the Fetal Medicine Foundation.