Emeritus Professor Ian Cooke       Prof Ian Cooke


Academic Unit of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine
Level 4, The Jessop Wing
Tree Root Walk
Sheffield  S10 2SF, UK                                                                                         

Tel: +44 (0)114 262 0718
Email: i.d.cooke@sheffield.ac.uk


I graduated from Sydney University in 1958 and after research training in Aberdeen (Klopper), Stockholm (Diczfalusy) and Cleveland, Ohio (Ryan) and a Senior Lectureship at the Welsh National School of Medicine (Turnbull) I held the Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Sheffield from 1972-2000 and was then appointed Emeritus. I was the first sub-specialist in Reproductive Medicine in the UK and created the Harris-Birthright Unit of Reproductive Medicine in the Jessop Hospital for Women with a substantial research output, particularly related to both female and male infertility.

As UK representative on the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS), I was asked to form an Education Committee and chaired it from 2001-2010, being appointed Director of Education from 2004. During that time I organised 38 Workshops on Reproductive Medicine in low resource economies in Russia, China, India, Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Central and South America.

For IFFS, I was a Co-editor of Surveillance, a worldwide compendium on laws and regulations relating to ART, for the 2007 and 2010 editions (see downloads), increasing its coverage from 57 to 102 countries. I also negotiated NGO status for IFFS as Liaison Officer to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2006 and 2009.

I am the CEO of the Low Cost IVF Foundation, working to bring affordable infertility services to the developing world. I was a founding member of the Foundation with Professors Outi Hovatta (Sweden), Luca Gianaroli (Italy and Switzerland) and Alan Trounson (Australia).

Finally, I am Chair of the Infertility Research Trust, which has supported various scientific projects, PhD students and training courses relating to human reproduction, investing almost £1 million. It was established in 1982 and will close in 2017 after using its residual funds to endow a prize for the Master’s course in Reproductive and Developmental Medicine.

Research interests

I chaired a WHO meeting in 2015 on Integration of Fertility Care and prepared a Plan for Implementation. This was similar to the HIV plan developed by WHO to assist a country in dealing with that epidemic. It is a Guide for Country Assessment and I am negotiating with the Dept of Health in Zambia to implement the study, which will hopefully lead to development of fertility services in that country. I will work with Prof. Allan Pacey and Co-investigators in Zambia to attempt to fund the field study component. When these pilot data have been obtained, WHO will offer the Plan to every country through its Country Offices to help develop each country’s services.

I worked at the Brocher Foundation in Switzerland with WHO and international experts in HIV/AIDS to prepare documents supporting safer conception and pregnancy for men and women living with and affected by HIV. This has been expanded to create an international consensus statement which has been submitted for publication.

I have been involved in the development of the international Glossary on Infertility and Fertility Care since its inception in WHO in 2006 by the International Committee on Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies. This has recently been reviewed and extended by an international group and is now in press in the principal journals in the field in the UK and US.

Teaching interests

In 25 of the 38 IFFS Workshops I gave a number of lectures, arranged discussion groups and maintained communications with the national Fertility Societies, which led to a number of Societies joining the Federation, now numbering 60 countries. Collaboration with the Royal College of Obstetricians a\nd Gynaecologists (RCOG) in their Eurovision programme for Eastern Europe led to my organising Infertility Workshops in Lithuania, Kosovo and Latvia. The RCOG's 5-day courses in Reproductive Medicine and in ART, in a joint arrangement with the British Fertility Society and IFFS, was run in Alexandria by video streaming with local discussion groups and two-way communication.

Professional activities

I was an inaugural member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (1991-1994), Chairman of the British Fertility Society (BFS) 1996-1999 and President 2001-2004. I was a Foundation Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

I was co-organiser and co-chair of two international meetings run in Geneva with WHO, the first in 2001 on Medical, Ethical and Social Aspects of Assisted Reproduction. In the second, in 2008, I represented the Low Cost IVF Foundation working with the International Committee on Monitoring in ART (ICMART) on Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Common Technology and Management in Low Resource Economics.

I am an Honorary Life Member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Honorary Member of ESHRE, of IFFS, of the BFS and of five other national fertility societies.

Current projects

I was Chair of the Broomhall Forum 2010-15, Sheffield, which managed a programme of community development in an area of multi-ethnic, inner-city deprivation until its closure. I am now a Board Member of the Broomhall Centre.

Key publications

Matthews L.T., Beyeza-Kashesya J., Cooke I.D., Davies N., Heffron R., Kaida A, Kinuthia J., Okeoma M., A.E., Weber S. Consensus statement: Supporting safer conception and pregnancy for men and women living with and affected by HIV. Submitted to AIDS and Behavior

Zegers-Hochschild F., Adamson G.D., Dyer S., Racowsky S., de Mouzon J, Sokol R., Rensi L., Sunde A., Schmidt L., Cooke I.D., Simpson J.L., van der Poel S., International Glossary on Infertility and Fertility Care led by ICMART in collaboration with ASRM, ESHRE, IFFS, March of Dimes, AFS, GIERAF, ASPIRE, MEFS, REDLARA, FIGO, Fertility and Sterility in press, 2017

Zegers-Hochschild F., Adamson G.D., Dyer S., Racowsky S., de Mouzon J, Sokol R., Rensi L., Sunde A., Schmidt L., Cooke I.D., Simpson J.L., van der Poel S., International Glossary on Infertility and Fertility Care led by ICMART with the special collaboration of ASRM, ESHRE, IFFS, March of Dimes, AFS, GIERAF, ASPIRE, MEFS, REDLARA, FIGO, Human Reproduction in press, 2017

Jones, H.W.Jr., Cooke, I., Kempers, R., Brinsden, P. and Saunders, D., (2011) Eds.
Surveillance 2010
International Federation of Fertility Societies Surveillance 2010: Preface. Fertility and Steriity
DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2010.08.011
HYPERLINK "http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(10)02293-4/abstract" http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(10)02293-4/abstract
HYPERLINK "http://www.iffs-reproduction.org/documents/IFFS_Surveillance_2010.pdf" www.iffs-reproduction.org/documents/IFFS_Surveillance_2010.pdf pp 138

Jones, HW Jr, Cooke I, Kempers R, Brinsden P and Saunders D (2011) International Federation of Fertility Socieities, Surveillance 2010 (236pp). Preface. Fertility and Sterility 95: 491 (see downloads)

Cooke ID (2010) Mild stimulation, in 2010 Proceedings of the 20th IFFS World Congress on Fertility and Sterility, Munich, September 12-16, 2010. Ed B Hebdon, L Mettler, H-R Tinneberg Verlagsgesellschaft GmbH, Munchen, 187-193

Ombelet W, Cooke I, Dyer S, Serour G and Devroey P (2008) Infertility and the provision of infertility medical services in developing countries. Human Reproduction Update 14: 605-621

Cooke ID, Gianaroli L, Hovatta O and Trounson AO (2008) Low Cost IVF Fdn. Affordable ART and the third world: difficulties to overcome. Human Reproduction SI: 93-96

Jones HW Jr, Cohen J, Cooke I and Kempers R (2007) IFFS Surveillance 07. Fertility and Sterility 87: S3-S67

Hovatta O and Cooke I (2006) Cost-effective approaches to in vitro ferilisation: means to improve access. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 94: 287-291