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Sheena Lewis

Professor Sheena Lewis

Emeritus Professor

Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 8973, +44 (0)28 906 33987

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Infertility affects one in six couples and 40% of the problems are contributed to the male partner. With birth rates in Europe now only 1.4 children/couple and 1-5% of those births aided by assisted reproductive technology (ART), research to understand infertility and improve infertility treatments could not be more timely. Over the past decade the Reproductive Medicine Research Group has focused on Andrology with twin aims:

- to understand the endocrine, cellular and molecular reproductive dysfunctions in infertile men

- to establish novel prognostic tests to enhance ART success

Within this framework, the group has explored the effects of specific lifestyle (recreational drugs and diet) and disease (diabetes mellitus) factors on male fertility. We have recently developed novel male fertility tests (based on sperm nuclear DNA damage assessed by strand breaks and oxidised bases) with both diagnostic and prognostic value in assisted reproductive technology (for IUI, IVF and ICSI).

Other interests include the impact of cancer on male fertility and the social impacts of ART failure and twin successes on the wellbeing of male and female patients.


I am managing director of Lewis Fertility Testing Ltd; a spin out company from Queen's University. Lewis Fertility Testing Ltd provides a diagnostic service for male fertility health. See


I am a strong supporter of the SSC programme introduced by the GMC in 1993 (summarised in publication 'Tomorrows Doctors').  Due to its popularity, I have been running a second year SSC in Reproductive Technology in both semesters since the inception of the SSC programme here in 1998. 

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Frequent Journals

  • Human Reproduction

    ISSNs: 0268-1161

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1460-2350

    Oxford University Press

    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 2.271 SNIP 1.812


  • Fertility and Sterility

    ISSNs: 0015-0282

    Elsevier Inc.

    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 2.156 SNIP 1.713


  • Reproductive BioMedicine Online

    ISSNs: 1472-6483

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1472-6491


    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 1.459 SNIP 1.119


  • International Journal of Andrology

    ISSNs: 0105-6263

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1365-2605


    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 1.161 SNIP 1.494


  • Human Fertility

    ISSNs: 1464-7273

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1742-8149

    Informa Healthcare

    Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.525 SNIP 0.443


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Contribution to conference papers, events and activities

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