Jemma is passionate about helping women achieve healthy pregnancies and this starts before conception even occurs. Jemma is a research scientist with a focus on understanding the endometrium, the inner lining of the uterus into which the embryo must implant. Her previous work has contributed to significant changes in IVF by characterizing the endometrium in women during IVF cycles and demonstrating that, in most cases, a ‘hostile’ local environment is presented to the embryo. This has led to a significant increase in the number of frozen embryo transfer cycles being undertaken. Her current area of research aims to improve the local environment within the uterus to provide an optimal ‘home’ for the baby by intervening well before conception. She has identified a ‘toxic’ inflammatory environment within the uterus which appears to compromise endometrial quality, embryo implantation and development of the placenta. Jemma is about to embark on a clinical trial to determine if a simple dietary intervention can improve the local uterine environment leading to improved fertility and pregnancy health. She hopes this will also improve the long-term health of the child as the environment within the uterus can determine if the child will develop health disorders such as diabetes and obesity later in life. Her mantra is healthy uterus, healthy pregnancy, healthy life!
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