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Dr Catherine Hill

Head of Communications

Dr Catherine Hill is Head of Communications at BioNews and at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust (PET) - managing traditional and social media communications, increasing public engagement, and representing the charity in the media and at events. Her background is in science communication, and she was previously Head of Communications at the charity Fertility Network UK, leading media campaigns including National Fertility Awareness Week and appearing regularly in the media (on BBC1's Breakfast programme, on BBC2's Newsnight and Victoria Derbyshire, and on BBC Radio 4's World at One). She has also worked for many years as a science journalist, including as science correspondent for the newspaper The European.

Catherine is a non-fiction author, broadcaster and public speaker. Her books include The Story of V (buy this book from Amazon UK), a cultural biography of female genitalia which has been published in 13 countries. She has written for a variety of publications including the Financial Times and the Health Service Journal, and she has lectured nationally and internationally (including at the Cheltenham and Manchester Science Festivals). She has acted as a consultant for theatre, and she is a member of the Society of Authors and of the Women's Voices Involvement Panel of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She has a PhD in Drug Metabolism from Birkbeck College (now Birkbeck University of London).



BioNews Comment articles written by Dr Catherine Hill:
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Self-funded fertility patients – have your say
4 May 2020 - by Dr Catherine Hill
Sharing your experiences can help make sure patients are treated fairly in the future... [Read More]
PET's #ExtendTheLimit campaign to change the storage limit for social egg freezing launches
28 October 2019 - by Dr Catherine Hill
Increasing numbers of women in the UK are facing the stark choice of having to destroy their frozen eggs or become a mother before they are ready to do so because of an outdated law... [Read More]
Do the Law Commissions' proposals for surrogacy reform have the child's welfare at heart?
30 September 2019 - by Dr Catherine Hill
Can law reform solve surrogacy's problems? That was the big question at the start of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and the Scottish Government's joint public event in Edinburgh on 24 September 2019... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Dr Catherine Hill:
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Ovarian reserve, cerebral palsy and hair tests - a round up from ESHRE 2020
10 July 2020 - by Dr Catherine Hill
Low ovarian reserve may be a useful marker of later health issues, research presented at the virtual 2020 meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) suggests... [Read More]
Endometrial scratch has no effect on live birth rate for first time IVF patients
8 July 2020 - by Dr Catherine Hill
Endometrial scratch, an IVF add-on treatment, has no effect on live birth rate for women undergoing a first IVF or ICSI cycle, study shows... [Read More]
Infertile couples overestimate their chance of IVF success
7 July 2020 - by Dr Catherine Hill
Couples undergoing fertility treatment markedly overestimate their chance of IVF success, men to a greater extent than women, according to new research... [Read More]
Fertility preservation is effective in female cancer patients
6 July 2020 - by Dr Catherine Hill
The largest study looking at long-term outcomes of fertility preservation in female cancer patients has demonstrated how successful it can be, in particular for breast cancer patients... [Read More]
A two-year storage extension for eggs, sperm and embryos
27 April 2020 - by Dr Catherine Hill
The Government has announced a two-year storage extension for eggs, sperm and embryos to give people extra time to access fertility services, whilst the UK tackles the coronavirus pandemic... [Read More]
Help others to be mothers: PET's #ExtendTheLimit campaign relaunches for Mother's Day
23 March 2020 - by Dr Catherine Hill
PET's #ExtendTheLimit petition to change the ten-year storage limit on social egg freezing relaunched ahead of Mother's Day with the key message: help others to be mothers... [Read More]
National standards needed for IVF cycles, says health minister
2 March 2020 - by Dr Catherine Hill
UK health minister Matt Hancock has said Clinical Commissioning Groups should not be determining the level of access to NHS fertility services... [Read More]
Egg freezing petition forced to close by general election
11 November 2019 - by Dr Catherine Hill
The Progress Educational Trust's (PET's) #ExtendTheLimit campaign to extend the ten-year storage limit for social egg freezing gathered over 1000 signatures to its online petition in its first week... [Read More]
IVF postcode lottery 'blights patients' lives and damages the NHS' reputation', says minister
24 June 2019 - by Dr Catherine Hill
Health minister Jackie Doyle-Price has urged England's 195 clinical commission groups to end the IVF postcode lottery... [Read More]