Professor Barratt is Head of Division Systems Medicine, Head of the Reproductive Medicine Group at the University of Dundee as well as a clinical scientist (Hon) with NHS Tayside. He graduated with an Honours degree in Zoology and then completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (University of Wales, Swansea). His PhD, also in Zoology, was under the supervision of Jack Cohen at the University of Birmingham.
His formative post-doctoral studies and ART experience was gained at the University of Sheffield [with Ian Cooke] where they specialized in natural cycle IVF. From 1997-2005 he was the Scientific Director of the ART Centre at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital.
Professor Barratt has been awarded a number of honors for outstanding contributions to the discipline e.g. Young Andrologist of the Year (American Andrology Society), the Professor Sir Robert Edwards keynote lecture at ESHRE.
He is a regularly invited speaker at national and international scientific conferences/workshops. He was a member of the WHO Male Fertility Semen Analysis Taskforce (for both the 4th and 5th editions) and director of the WHO (2012-2017) Male Fertility Expert Working Group which devised a new system for the diagnosis and treatment of the infertile male (https://academic.oup.com/humupd/article/23/6/660/3979420). He was a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for 6 years.
Professor Barratt has recently been appointed to editorial board of WHO for development of new Semen Analysis manual (6th edition).
He has been on the Editorial Board of Human Reproduction, Human Fertility, Biology of Reproduction, Human Reproduction Update, Journal of Andrology and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Human Reproduction (Impact factor 5 year 3.6)
His life’s ambition is to see - live - Wales comprehensively beat the All Blacks.
We are primarily focused on understanding the function of the human spermatozoa and identifying the key factors in the process of sperm egg interation.
Our research uses cutting edge technology combined with selected samples from patients with well-defined pathology. As such the research has a very strong translational focus.
Our primary collaborators in Dundee are the IVF clinic at NHS Tayside, Abertay University's Dr Sean Brown, Professor Paul Wyatt (Drug Discovery Unit, SLS), and Paul Andrews (National Phenotypic Screening Centre, SLS http://npsc.ac.uk/)
We regularly contribute to public debates on reproductive issues: e.g. impact of male age https://www.bionews.org.uk/page_135205
- Inventor: Barratt C (CMDN) & Wyatt PG (CLS) ‘Stimulation of human sperm motility’. International application number: PCT/GB2012/052514. Publication number WO/2013/054111. Publication date 18th April 2013.
- Inventor: Genosis & Barratt C ‘Method and detection kit for male infertility’ 1999. WO/99066331
Professor Barratt has supervised 29 MSc, PhD, MD students almost all of whom work in in the field of reproductive medicine.
His teaching consists of:
Supervisor: 9 MSc/PhD students
Leader: SSC in Stem Cells and Assisted Conception
External examiner (previous)
- Quinquennial Review MSc for ART at University of Oxford (2014).
- MSc for Reproductive and Developmental Biology at University of Edinburgh (2009-2013).
- United Arab Emirates Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (2012-2013).
- 3rd year Reproductive Biology course at University of Edinburgh (2015-16).
- Endocrine and Reproduction Course (MDSC 2101) University West Indies 2014-2017.
- University of Nottingham (2004-2006).
- MSc in Embryology at the University of Leeds (2002-2004).
- MSc ART University of Bristol (2002-2005).
'A Dolce & Gabbana model in every ART clinic?' Molecular Human Reproduction. DOI:
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'Chloride channels join the sperm 'channelome'' Journal of Physiology, vol. 590, no. 11, pp. 2553-2554. DOI:
'Sperm are promiscuous and Cat Sper is to blame...' EMBO Journal, vol. 31, no. 7, pp. 1624-1626. DOI:
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'Investigating infertility in primary care' Practitioner, vol. 253, no. 1716, pp. 26-28.
'Male obesity: impact on fertility' British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease, vol. 9, no. 5, pp. 237-241. DOI:
'Communication between female tract and sperm: saying NO* when you mean yes' Communicative & Integrative Biology, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 82-5.
'The human spermatozoon: a stripped down but refined machine' Journal of Biology, vol. 8, no. 7, pp. 63. DOI:
'Seminal white blood cells in men with urethral tract infection. A monoclonal antibody study' British Journal of Urology, vol. 68, no. 5, pp. 531-6.
'The human sperm proteome: the potential for new biomarkers of male fertility and a transformation in our understanding of the spermatozoon as a machine' Human Reproduction, vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 1240-1241. DOI:
'Mobilisation of stored calcium in the neck region of human sperm: a mechanism for regulation of flagellar activity' International Journal of Developmental Biology, vol. 52, no. 5-6, pp. 615-626. DOI:
'Mobilisation of Ca2+ stores and flagellar regulation in human sperm by S-nitrosylation: a role for NO synthesised in the female reproductive tract' Development, vol. 135, no. 22, pp. 3677-3686. DOI:
'Ca2+ signalling in the control of motility and guidance in mammalian sperm' Frontiers in Bioscience, vol. 13, 3105, pp. 5623-5637. DOI:
'Patch-clamp 'mapping' of ion channel activity in human sperm reveals regionalisation and co-localisation into mixed clusters' Journal of Cellular Physiology, vol. 213, no. 3, pp. 801-808. DOI:
'A survey of assisted reproductive technology births and imprinting disorders' Human Reproduction, vol. 22, no. 12, pp. 3237-3240. DOI:
'Human spermatozoa contain multiple targets for protein S-nitrosylation: An alternative mechanism of the modulation of sperm function by nitric oxide?' Proteomics, vol. 7, no. 17, pp. 3066-3084. DOI:
'Coordinated transcriptional regulation patterns associated with infertility phenotypes in men' Journal of Medical Genetics, vol. 44, no. 8, pp. 498-508. DOI:
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'Understanding the physiology of pre-fertilisation events in the human spermatozoa--a necessary prerequisite to developing rational therapy' Society of Reproduction and Fertility Supplement, vol. 63, pp. 237-255.
'Is there a real risk of transmitting variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease by donor sperm insemination?' Reproductive biomedicine online, vol. 13, no. 6, pp. 778-790. DOI:
'Kinetics of the progesterone-induced acrosome reaction and its relation to intracellular calcium responses in individual human spermatozoa' Biology of Reproduction, vol. 75, no. 6, pp. 933-939. DOI:
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'Protein tyrosine phosphorylation, hyperactivation and progesterone-induced acrosome reaction are enhanced in IVF media: an effect that is not associated with an increase in protein kinase A activation' Molecular Human Reproduction, vol. 11, no. 7, pp. 523-529. DOI:
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