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Nick Macklon
Medical Director

Nick Macklon

Professor Macklon is a Medical Director of London Egg Bank. He is a world-renowned expert in reproductive medicine. He has held professorships at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, the University of Southampton and the University of Copenhagen. He has published more than 200 papers, is a member of the British Fertility Covid Advisory Group and past member of the Executive Committee of the European Society of Human Reproduction.

Shailaja Nair
Deputy Clinical Director

Shailaja Nair

Dr Shailaja Nair is Deputy Clinical Director and a founding member of London Egg Bank. She has more than 20 years' experience in fertility and assisted reproduction. Before joining London Women's Clinic, she worked in West London as an Associate Professor in a large teaching hospital and at the Cromwell IVF programme. Renowned for her passion, Dr Nair has extensive experience in all aspects of assisted conception, with a special focus in egg donation and cryobanking.

Kamal Ahuja
Scientific and Managing Director

Kamal Ahuja

Kamal Ahuja gained his PhD at Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Robert Edwards, which sparked his lasting interest in clinical IVF. The ethics of IVF and its cost effectiveness continue to be part of his research interests. Dr Ahuja is Chairman of Reproductive BioMedicine Online, an international medical journal, and the Scientific and Managing Director of London Egg Bank. He pioneered the concept of egg sharing in the UK and since 1994 has been at the forefront of many of the innovations in egg donation and cryopreservation.

Elena Linara-Demakakou
Laboratory Manager

Elena Linara-Demakakou

Elena has 10 years’ experience within embryology and is qualified in biomedical sciences, prenatal genetics and fetal medicine, and clinical embryology. Her interests span from oocyte and embryo vitrification, prenatal genetics, and quality management, and she has gained valuable decade-long experience in intrauterine insemination. Before joining London Women's Clinic she worked as an embryologist, andrologist and as Deputy Sperm Bank manager.

Timea Kovats
Consultant Gynaecologist and IVF Specialist

Timea Kovats

Originally from Hungary, Dr Kovats has been working in the field of reproductive medicine and assisted conception since 1993. Since 2012, Dr Kovats has been settled in the UK, becoming renowned for providing specialist care in fertility. She is highly experienced in all aspects of reproductive medicine, with a particular interest in the complicated cases and management of gynaecological disorders and eventually egg donation when she joined London Women's Clinic over six years ago.

Marianne Vendola
Consultant in Reproductive Medicine

Marianne Vendola

Dr Vendola is a graduate from the University of Rome where she received her PHD in Prenatal Medicine, and is also a research scholar at the Thomas Jefferson University of Philadelphia. She has been working as a Consultant in Gynaecology and in Reproductive Medicine at London Women's Clinic since 2016. She has expertise in all aspects of infertility management and performs diagnostic and reproductive surgical procedures such as oocyte retrievals, embryo transfers and IUIs, hycosy and aqua scans.

Mohar Goswami
Consultant Gynaecologist

Mohar Goswami

Mohar Goswami is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Sub Specialist in Reproductive Medicine, having trained at Newcastle followed by a successful period at the Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust in London. Before joining LWC in 2018, for many years Mohar worked as a Consultant Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist in the NHS. Holistic care and all aspects of fertility management are integral to her practice. She is available for consultations at London Egg Bank, Clementine Churchill Hospital, Harrow as well as at Harley Street, London.

Safwat Ashour
Consultant IVF Specialist

Safwat Ashour

Since 2007 Dr Safwat Ashour has lead London Women’s Clinic’s clinical programme at the BMI Woodlands Hospital, Darlington. He has been a steadying influence on the development of London Egg Bank in the North East of England. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists London and is well known for his surgical skills, compassion and consistently high success rates. Pre-implantation genetic screening of embryos, egg freezing and egg donation are his areas of advanced expertise.

Baharak Mohammadi
Genetic Counsellor

Baharak Mohammadi

Bahar is a Medical Geneticist and Genetic Counsellor specialising in reproductive and pre- implantation genetics with 10 years of experience behind her. She is much admired for her kind and sympathetic assessment of patient's needs, and is a very integral part of London Egg Bank and London Women's Clinic.

Hemlata Thackare
Deputy Medical Director

Hemlata Thackare

Dr Thackare is the Deputy Medical Director and the HFEA Person Responsible for London Women’s Clinic at Wales and Bristol. Hemlata completed her specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology in Wales and then went on to gain a master’s with Distinction in Reproduction and Development from Bristol University. She received an MPhil from Swansea for her work in embryo implantation and, in 2004, she was a recipient of the ‘Best Young Scientist’ award by the British Fertility Society. Hemlata has been at the forefront of launching London Egg Bank (LEB) in Wales.

Mimi Arian-Schad
Director of Nursing and HFEA Person Responsible

Mimi Arian-Schad

Mimi Arian-Schad is a founding member of London Egg Bank as well as the Director for Nursing at London Women's Clinic. She is one of the most experienced fertility nurses in the UK, with a varied background in the field of egg donation, egg banking, and surrogacy. She is also the PR to the HFEA for all of the LWC centres.

Chandra Kailasam
Consultant and IVF Specialist

Chandra Kailasam

Dr Chandra Kailasam is a Bristol-based specialist trained in reproductive medicine, and is a Fellow at The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists with a Master's degree in reproduction. He also has many respected publications and a teaching commitment at the University of Bristol. Chandra is an important part of the caring leadership at London Women's Clinic and London Egg Bank at Bristol and Cardiff. For over 20 years his work has involved all aspects of fertility treatments including egg donation, egg freezing, and pre-implantation genetics.

Vitrification

Our Labs

The IVF laboratory is the heart of any IVF clinic. It's our embryologists who work very hard to create, grow and look after all our embryos. Our laboratories are state-of-the-art and our scientists are highly qualified with excellent technical skills and great attention to detail.

We pay great attention to the laboratory environment and have very strict quality assurance as parameters such as temperature, airflow, and air quality to ensure the culture system that grows the embryos is excellent.

We also use time-lapse technology, which allows the embryologists to select embryos not only by their shape but also by their movement as evident in minute-by-minute pictures. This culture method improves implantation rates, reduces pregnancy loss and it gives a shorter time to pregnancy. 

The laboratory, based at London Women’s Clinic, provides all scientific services for London Egg Bank. We are proud to have the best results in the country, and we offer personalised matching with London Egg Bank.

We are very pleased to be working in conjunction with London Sperm Bank as it gives us the opportunity to know information about the donor sperm to be used in the treatment and be able to offer it to you without any delays of transportation.

If you need frozen donor oocytes or if you wish to freeze and preserve your own, then you are at the right place. We are proud to have the best results in the country, and we offer personalised matching with the LEB team and consultation with our lead embryologists to ensure you identify the donor you wish but also to understand every single step of the process that will make you comfortable to go through your treatment.

Our processes are designed to not only offer excellent pregnancy results but also, with the use of an excellent electronic witnessing system, we can guarantee the ultimate safety and traceability of your eggs and embryos. This gives us an extra degree of reassurance and confidence for 100% safety.

Finally, we have a dedicated team to analyse our internal data and do research. This not only allows improvement of our techniques and protocols, but also gives us the confidence to explain our results and expectations based on our very own experience.

Our Research

Most of the research derived from London Egg Bank is conducted in collaboration with London Women’s Clinic and is based on the data we have accumulated in egg donation and social egg freezing. No other clinic group in Britain has the patient or cycle numbers of London Egg Bank, which provides a unique basis to assess the effect of treatments – in their success rates, their materials and methods, and their wider implications.

Some of this research has been performed with the Centre for Family Studies in Cambridge, which specialises in following up the many ‘unusual’ family formations that egg and sperm donation have allowed. It is no longer difficult for same-sex couples (male or female) or single women to have children of their own and the databases of London Egg Bank and London Women’s Clinic provide strong evidence of how children in these new families develop and with what questions about their background.

With such an emphasis on freezing at London Egg Bank, it’s no surprise that vitrification and its impact on everyday fertility treatments have featured in our research. It was from London Women’s Clinic's early analysis of freezing eggs by vitrification that the foundation stones of London Egg Bank were built, and this in itself would pave the way for the revolution of frozen egg donation in the UK, thus reversing the march of patients to overseas clinics for donor eggs.

Today, all medical services live an age of ‘evidence-based medicine', and here at London Egg Bank, we have strong evidence of the UK’s largest series of egg donation and social egg freezing patients. Each detail of their treatments is recorded, and it is the pattern of those details which gives us the clues to the improvements which are yet to come.

Egg Donation Has Come Home
Egg Donation Has Come Home
Scientific Managing Director Dr Ahuja; and Medical Director Professor Macklon; discuss how the advances in egg freezing and vitrification technology have put an end to overseas egg donation in favour of UK-based clinics.

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Egg Freezing FAQ
Our FAQ page explains in more detail the process of egg freezing, and answers some of our most frequently asked questions.

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The revolution of vitrification in ART
Vitrification has catalysed a revolution in assisted reproductive technology that is disrupting models of care.

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