Joyce is Professor of Reproductive Science at the Institute for Women’s Health, University College London.  She has been a leader in the field of fertility, genetics and reproductive health since 1987. As well as being an established scientist with over 200 scientific publications, Joyce is a passionate educator of the public and students at all levels, from school children to PhD level.

Joyce studied a BSc in Biochemistry at Queen Elizabeth College, University of London and a PhD in Pharmacology at Kings College, University of London.  She started her career as a clinical embryologist at the London Fertility Centre with Ian Craft.  In 1992 she joined Lord Robert Winston to work on preimplantation genetic diagnosis at the Hammersmith Hospital and joined University College London (UCL) in 1994.

Lectures for 2020 – can be found on invited talks page.

Declaration of financial interests: Joyce is director of the Embryology and PGD Academy. She is paid by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority as an advisor to the Scientific and Clinical Advances Advisory Committee, and as chair for the Horizon Scanning Committee. She is paid by Natural Cycles for research advice, and for scientific advice by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. She is scientific advisor to Tambre IVF clinic in Madrid. In 2019 and 2020 Joyce has been paid by the following companies to give talks: Gedeon Richter, Merck, Cook Medical, Cryos, and Theramex. She is sponsored to attend a number of scientific meetings – for a full list see invited talks page. Joyce is director and founder of Global Women Connected but has not been paid for this role.

Joyce is Director of Education in the Institute for Women’s Health (IfWH) at UCL and heads the research group: Reproductive Science and Society.

In 1996 she set up her first MSc programme, prenatal genetics and fetal medicine and in 2009 she set up a further programme, reproductive science and women’s health.  Additionally the Institute now has an MRes in reproductive science and women’s health and an MSc in women’s health. She has made a video to celebrate 20 years of the MSc programmes, from 1996-2016 which can be viewed here.

Her research interests include preimplantation genetic testing (PGT), reproductive genetics, new technology in IVF, embryo selection for IVF, social, ethical and legal issues relating to fertility treatment, social egg freezing, fertility education and FemTech.

Joyce is invited to give talks at numerous international conferences including key note and plenary lectures.  She talks on infertility, fertility, reproductive genetics, fertility awareness and all aspects of women’s health.

Joyce has written a book called Your Fertile Years. Joyce is hoping to take a roadshow around the UK to get women talking about puberty, the menstrual cycle, the fertile years and the menopause.

She runs two events to discuss women’s health:  Wellbeing over 40 which includes talks on nutrition, exercise, sleep, menopause and wellbeing. Watch Joyce talking about this event here. And Career and Motherhood for women who are thinking of starting a family or who have a family and want to discuss juggling career and motherhood which includes talks on nutrition, exercise, sleep, fertility and wellbeing. If you want to arrange one of these events with Joyce – please phone or email.

She has been on the executive committees of the main IVF societies and organisations including ESHREPGDISISPDHFEABritish Fertility Society and the International Society of IVF.

Joyce was a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics working party on Genome Editing.

In 2014, with Alpesh Doshi, Joyce set up the Embryology and PGD Academy which runs training courses in all aspects of laboratory IVF and PGD.  She has made a video to celebrate 20 years of workshops from 1996-2016 which can be viewed here.  In 2018 the Academy launched the Certificate in Clinical Embryology.

In 2015 Joyce established a web-based forum to discuss women’s health issues, Global Women Connected, and has just finished a book on women’s health; what every woman should know, which is currently being prepared for publication.

In 2016, Joyce was one of the founding members of the Fertility Education Initiative and is working on providing education on fertility, modern families and reproductive science.  She is working on an arts-based project called Modern Families to deliver education to school children with Jessica Hepburn and Gabby Vautier.

Joyce is involved in several arts projects relating to fertility, as well as the Modern Families project, including working with Adam Peacock on the Genetics Gym and Louise Ann Wilson on Warnscale: A Land Mark Walk Reflecting on In/Fertility and Childlessness (Warnscale).

Joyce is passionate about sports and is a qualified aerobics instructor and an ambassador for This Girl Can Essex – encouraging women to do physical activity.

Further information about Joyce can be found on Wikipedia and her UCL Iris page.