Egg donors: we want your views!

Have you donated or considered donating your eggs? Are you interested in taking part in a research project to talk about your experiences? If the answer is yes then we want to hear your views! Call for participants: We are now recruiting participants for the EDNA project. We are interested in speaking to women who have considered … Continue reading Egg donors: we want your views!

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Visualising reproductive donation online: A comparative analysis of marketing materials used to recruit egg donors in Belgium, Spain & the UK

We are having a really busy summer so far at the EDNA project! In between participant recruitment and data collection for Phase 3 we have been busy writing up and presenting the preliminary analysis of our Phase 2 data. In June we presented at paper at De Montfort University's 'Visualising Reproduction' conference that examined the … Continue reading Visualising reproductive donation online: A comparative analysis of marketing materials used to recruit egg donors in Belgium, Spain & the UK

Human eggs have been developed in the lab for the first time… But will new reproductive technologies negate the need for donor eggs?

Earlier this month the British press reported that human eggs have been developed in the lab for the first time, proclaiming this as the latest scientific ‘breakthrough’ that “could open the door to a new approach to fertility preservation”. It is indeed an impressive scientific accomplishment that will help those working in the field better … Continue reading Human eggs have been developed in the lab for the first time… But will new reproductive technologies negate the need for donor eggs?

Representing ‘altruistic donation’ in Europe: an analysis of fertility clinic websites in the UK, Belgium and Spain

Phase 2 of the EDNA project runs from September 2017 to July 2018. During this phase of the research we are systematically analysing the ways in which egg donation is promoted and marketed across the UK, Belgium and Spain. We are looking at the ways in which recruitment takes place, how egg donation and egg providers are publicly … Continue reading Representing ‘altruistic donation’ in Europe: an analysis of fertility clinic websites in the UK, Belgium and Spain

Race Matters. The disentangling of racial categorisation in the EDNA study

BBC Online recently ran a story detailing one woman’s experience of providing her eggs to the UK fertility sector. Elaine Chong described how she first heard about the possibility whilst studying in the US and though she was initially turned down as a donor in the US (due to FDA rules about having lived in … Continue reading Race Matters. The disentangling of racial categorisation in the EDNA study

Peering into the cracks? Thresholds and the liminal spaces of egg donation

Last month I attended ‘Thresholds - a pop-up symposium’, hosted by SATSU at The University of York. Co-organised by Nick Brown, Joanna Latimer, David Beer and Roland Munro, the event attempted – and succeeded – in bringing together scholars from multiple disciplines to discuss and debate the idea of ‘threshold’ as a theoretical concept. Over … Continue reading Peering into the cracks? Thresholds and the liminal spaces of egg donation

Investigating the cultural, political and moral ‘framing’ of egg donation

On Thursday 14th September Nicky Hudson will be speaking on behalf of the EDNA project team about our work so far at the British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference being held at the University of York. The conference paper will set out the rationale for the EDNA project and then outline, drawing on … Continue reading Investigating the cultural, political and moral ‘framing’ of egg donation