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Dundee academic among BBC '100 Women 2019'

Published on 16 October 2019

Dr Sarah Martins da Silva, of the University of Dundee, has been named on BBC’s '100 Women 2019' list of inspiring and influential women from around the world

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The BBC list asks 'What would the future look like if it were driven by women?' and features such globally–recognised names as climate change activist Greta Thunberg and footballer Megan Rapinoe among many others.

Dr da Silva, Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Medicine in the School of Medicine at Dundee, runs a translational research programme focussed around male infertility, sperm biology and drug discovery.

She said, “I hope that we can harness science, technology, investment and innovation in male reproductive health to redress global inequalities and the current burden of fertility on women.

“I am surprised but delighted to be included on the BBC 100 Women list. It will raise awareness of the leading work we are doing in Dundee in the area of male infertility.”

Dr da Silva is also an NHS Tayside honorary consultant gynaecologist based at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. Her clinical activities include investigation and management of fertility problems, including diagnostic ultrasound and all aspects of assisted conception. She runs sperm studies research clinics for couples affected by male factor infertility, azoospermia and unexplained fertilisation problems following IVF / ICSI.

The full BBC `100 Women 2019’ list is at


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