Lord Winston is Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London.
In the 1970s he developed gynaecological surgical techniques that improved fertility treatments. He later pioneered new treatments to improve in vitro fertilisation (IVF)
and developed pre-implantation diagnosis. This allowed embryos to be screened for genetic diseases and has allowed parents carrying faulty genes to have children free of illnesses such as cystic fibrosis.
He now runs a research programme at the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology at Imperial College
that aims to improve human transplantation. Robert Winston has over 300 scientific publications about human reproduction and the early stages of pregnancy.Robert Winston is also Chairman of the Genesis Research Trust
– a charity which raised over £13 million to establish the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology and which now funds high quality research into women’s health and babies.
Genesis Research Trust
Professor Winston is Chairman of the Genesis Research Trust (Reg. Charity No. 292518) which promotes better health for women and babies. The Trust raised £13 million to build and equip the most advanced research centre in Europe for Reproductive and Developmental Biology.
The Trust’s Women for Women campaign also raises money to train women scientists and clinicians at the Wolfson and Weston Research Centre for Family Health at Imperial College London.
The centre’s aim is to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a range of devastating conditions affecting women and their babies, including brain injury, miscarriage, infertility, cancer and genetic diseases.
Imperial College London
Robert Winston is Professor of Science and Society at Imperial College and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies. He runs a research programme at the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology based at the Hammersmith Hospital Campus. The key focus is transgenic and gamete biology. His work on the South Kensington Campus includes research into education, particularly in school children, outreach and public engagement activities.
Royal College of Music Council
Professor Winston was Chairman of the governing body of the Royal College of Music until 2017. The Royal College is a vibrant community with the highest artistic credentials and is widely acknowledged internationally. There is a strong commitment to rigorous standards of instrumental playing, and the Opera School based its Britten Theatre is acknowledged as leader in vocal musicianship. The College has a particularly fine library including many rare manuscripts, an important instrument collection, a strong focus on historical music and a particular interest in the science of music, especially performance. So appointing a scientist to chair the Council is not quite as surprising as it may seem and is true to the original intention of Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria. His vision, nicknamed Albertopolis , was to create an area in London where the arts and sciences could interact.
UK Stem Cell Foundation
Robert Winston is on the board of trustees of this Foundation. The Foundation funds research work in stem cell biology which has a translational application. Currently we have strong interests in heart disease, joint and skeletal problems and nerve repair. But the foundation is always ready to receive applications in area of regenerative medicine involving stem cells.
Wohl Reach Out Lab
Started by Professor Winston, this exciting project encourages children of all ages to do experimental science within one of Europe’s leading universities. A state of the art lab in Imperial College London allows school children of both primary and secondary age to do practical science, which we believe is encouraging science literacy and inspiring more young people to consider a career in science. The lab is also used to train secondary science teachers and primary teachers. The work of the lab is rigorously assessed to see the impact we have on school students, university undergraduates and science teachers. You can read more about the lab and Professor Winston’s outreach work here.