Professor of Human Reproduction, Reproductive Medicine, CARE Fertility Group
Began research career at the University of Cambridge and became a Fellow of Churchill College in 1978, the year of the first IVF birth. He was the first to demonstrate that the embryo ‘communicates’ with its environment; and, later, was the first to publish on the secretion of HCG by the human embryo. In 1978 Simon was the awarded the prestigious Beit Memorial Foundation Fellowship; and he also became a Cambridge University Lecturer. Simon worked with Bob Edwards from 1975 and was part of the original pioneering IVF team of Steptoe and Edwards until 1985, during which time he published many seminal papers on the early work of IVF and human embryology. In 2010 Professor Edwards was awarded the Noble Prize for the work on IVF, and in 2011 was knighted. Professor Fishel is one of the worlds most experienced practitioners in the field of IVF and after circa 35 years in the field, the “longest-running” practitioner of clinical IVF. He has established IVF clinics all over the world, including being part of the first team invited by the W.H.O. to introduce IVF to mainland China. In 1992 he established the world’s first university degree course in IVF. He is regarded as one of the pioneers of in vitro fertilisation technology and specifically the use of micromanipulation techniques for sperm injection and embryo biopsy, and has published over 200 papers and three books in the field, including the early ‘best seller’ In Vitro Fertilisation – Past, Present, Future in 1986. In 1997 was awarded am Ad Hominem Professorial Chair in Human Reproduction. In 2009 he was awarded the highest honour of Fellow of Liverpool John Moore’s University for “outstanding achievements to humanity and science.
Human Fertilisation and Preimplantation Development
Human oocyte and embryo screening